In an email press release this afternoon,
Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill announced that the Spirit have acquired the rights to over-age import forward Albert Michnac
(MICK-nash) from the Mississauga Steelheads in exchange for a conditional fifteenth round pick in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selection draft.
“We are thrilled to welcome Albert Michnac to the Saginaw Spirit family,” Drinkill said. “We felt we needed to add some experienced scoring and skill to our strong group of young forwards, and Albert fits those needs. We look forward to him continuing his OHL career in Saginaw.”
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound forward from Praha, Czech Republic was first drafted by the Guelph Storm in the second round, 62 overall, of the 2016 Canadian Hockey League import draft, before he was selected by the Steelheads in the first round, 37 overall, in last year's 2017 CHL import draft.
Michnac had 60-points (21-goals, 39-assists) for the Steelheads this past season, after a 39-point (15-goals, 24-assists) rookie campaign for the Storm in the 2016-17 OHL season.
With a late (Oct 18, 1998) birthday, the 19 year old Michnac is eligible for the upcoming NHL draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on June 22-23 this weekend. He was ranked No. 151 on NHL central scouting's final list, which ranks the top North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL draft.
Michnac grew up playing in the HC Sparta Praha program in his native Czech Republic and was selected to represent his country at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior under-20 Championships in Buffalo, NY this past winter, where his Czech team dropped a 9-3 decision to Team-USA in the bronze medal game.
After the NHL draft this weekend, Michnac will shift his attention to the upcoming OHL season (his third) where he will meet up with his new Spirit teammates at Saginaw's training camp near the end of August.
Albert Michnac scores three goals against the Peterborough Petes on Nov 5, 2017: