Sharks acquire MacDonald and Kaut of Colorado

SAN JOSE San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jacob MacDonald and forward Martin Kaut from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forwards Matt Nieto and defense attorney Ryan Merkley.

MacDonald, 29, has played in 76 NHL games with Florida and Colorado, recording 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 21 penalty minutes.

As a fullback who also plays the forward position, he has also played in 271 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Springfield, Albany, Binghamton and Colorado, amassing 189 points (68 goals, 121 assists) and 123 penalty minutes.

MacDonald was named to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2018 and to the Second All-Star Team in 2020. He was also named to the 2020 AHL All-Star Game as a member of the Colorado Eagles.

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Portland, Oregon originally signed as a free agent with Florida in 2018 and played at Cornell University for four seasons.

“Jacob is a versatile veteran who was an American Hockey League-level All-Star and will add to our NHL roster,” said Grier.

Kaut, 23, has split with Avalanche and the Colorado Eagles (AHL) this season and has three points (one goal, two assists) in 27 NHL games and eight points (five goals, three assists) in 10 AHL games. achieved. Last season, Kaut had 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 46 regular season games with the Eagles and added five points (one goal, four assists) in nine playoff games. The winger finished third in Colorado in the regular season, and his scoring and scoring set new career highs.

In 173 AHL games, Kaut has 99 points (47 goals, 52 assists) and 103 penalty minutes. In 47 NHL games, he has six points (three goals, three assists) and ten penalty minutes.

Before making his North American debut in the 2018–19 season, Kaut spent the 2017–18 season with HC Dynamo Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga, where he recorded 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 38 games. His scoring this season is the fourth-highest by an NHL-eligible player with a new teammate Thomas Hertl‘s 2011-12 campaign (25 points) in second place.

Internationally, Kaut has represented the Czech Republic at junior and senior levels. He appeared at the 2018 and 2019 World Junior Championships, where he recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven games and four points (three goals, one assist) in five games, respectively.

The 1.8m tall, 190lb native of Brno, Czech Republic, was originally drafted by Colorado in the 2018 NHL Draft (first round, 16th overall).

“Martin is a former first-round pick who is joining our group of young, developing forwards at the American Hockey League level,” Grier said. Nieto leaves the Sharks after 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 45 games this season. In his most recent stint at San Jose, which began the 2020-21 season and spanned 143 games, the Long Beach, California native finished 19 goals and 20 assists. In 364 career games with San Jose, Nieto had 109 points (47 goals, 62 assists).

Merkley appeared in 39 games with the Sharks in 2021-22, recording six points (one goal, five assists). The defenseman has 14 points (all assists) in 30 games this season with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. In 93 AHL career games, Merkley has two goals, 42 assists and 70 penalty minutes.


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