After attending both Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies‘ training camps on invites, 7th year unrestricted free agent, veteran right wing Spencer Machacek(17) was having a hard time finding a new hockey home.
He was released from his tryout agreement with the AHL team just before the beginning of the new season but did manage to quickly find a landing spot overseas in the German elite league DEL with Augsburger Panther.
In a pair of games he already has his first point, an assist.
Since leaving Winnipeg Jets‘ organization, where he was originally an Atlanta Thrashers‘ 3rd round pick in the 2007 draft (#67 overall) and stayed with them until a late season trade sent him to Columbus Blue Jackets‘ affiliate Springfield Falcons.
Signed to a one-year extension as a restricted free agent, he once again was dealt in a minor late season move and found himself skating with Pittsburgh Penguins‘ farm club, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
They did not offer the 6’1″ 201 lbs. forward a contract to stay on.
In his first four seasons he pretty much averaged 30 helpers in each of his campaigns.
He also dominated on the score sheet in 3 years of junior hockey with Vancouver Giants, where he won a WHL Championship and a Memorial Cup.
It would be surprising if the 26-year old doesn’t become a top scorer where he is. We shall see.