The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Spencer Machacek from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Paul Thompson, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Machacek will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Machacek, 25, has played in 34 games this season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, collecting nine goals and 19 points. His nine goals placed third on the team.
A 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward, Machacek has skated in 25 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets and Atlanta Thrashers, collecting nine points (2G-7A). Machacek most recently skated in 13 games with the Jets in 2011-12, when he collected all nine of his NHL points.
The Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada native was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. Machacek has played six AHL seasons with the Chicago Wolves, St. John’s IceCaps and Springfield, tallying 258 points (107G-151A) in 393 regular-season contests and 19 points (7G-12A) in 30 playoff games.
Machacek was an AHL All-Star in 2010-11 when he established AHL career highs in goals (21), assists (32) and points (53) in 67 games with the Chicago Wolves.
Prior to turning pro, Machacek helped the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL) win a Memorial Cup championship in 2006-07. He served as the Giants’ team captain in ’07-08.
Thompson, 25, spent parts of four seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, posting 64 points (35+29) in 170 games.
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