Americans Acquire Brandon’s Nejezchleb

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(ISN) – KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 20-year-old forward Richard Nejezchleb (pron. NEZJ-leb) from the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for a pair of 3rd round Bantam Draft Picks.

Due to Nejezchleb’s unique position as both an Overage and an Import Player, Tory also announced that 20-year-old forward Jackson Playfair and 17-year-old forward Semyon Krasheninnikov have been placed on WHL Waivers to get the club down to the WHL-mandated limit of 3 Overage players and 2 Import players per roster.

Nejezchleb, a 6’3 210-pound forward from Slavia Praha, Czech Republic, is in the midst of his third WHL season. In 103 WHL games, Nejezchleb has recorded 44 goals, 83 points and 109 penalty minutes, including 2 points in 2 games this season. A 5th Round (122nd overall) pick by the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Draft this past June, Nejezchleb recently returned to the WHL after being reassigned from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. The Wheat Kings originally selected Nejezchleb in the 1st Round (35th overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

“The addition of Richard immediately improves the offensive scoring capabilities of our team,” explained Tory. “We look forward to his presence in our line-up.”

Meanwhile, Playfair wraps up his career in an Americans’ sweater. A 6’1 210-pound right wing from Fort St. James, British Columbia, Playfair was acquired from the Spokane Chiefs at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Messier. Through 16 games this season, Playfair recorded 7 points, including having already matched his career-best for goals in a season (4). For his WHL career, Playfair has 135 games to his credit, along with 10 goals, 26 points and 178 penalty minutes.

“Unfortunately, we cannot keep all of our overage players,” Tory continued. “Jackson has developed into a good, reliable player in this League and it is sad to see him leave our team and family.”

Krasheninnikov, Tri-City’s first round (18th overall) selection in this year’s CHL Import Draft, also sees his time with the Americans come to a close. The 6’1 180-pound forward from Ufa, Russia appeared in 8 games this season, picking up his first WHL goal this past Sunday in Victoria.