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Gladiators acquire MacLean, Stejskal from Florida

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the completion of two future consideration trades on Wednesday. Forward Brandon MacLean and defenseman Joe Stejskal were acquired from the Florida Everblades to complete a deadline deal between the two sides, and forward Mike Seidel was sent to the Toledo Walleye to complete an October trade for defenseman Nathan Martine.

MacLean and Stejskal complete the March 13 trade which also saw forward Mike Merrifield and defenseman Eriks Sevcenko come to Gwinnett in exchange for forward Evan Bloodoff and defenseman Rob Kwiet.

Merrifield and Sevcenko flourished upon arriving in Gwinnett. Merrifield, a former Michigan State forward, posted five goals and six assists in 14 games with a plus-7 rating, and the Latvian defenseman racked up 10 assists in 14 games to go with a plus-3 rating.

“Brandon and Joe are both players that we feel are a great fit for us,” Gladiators President Steve Chapman said. “Brandon is a character-guy type player with high points potential and Joe is a big, quality top-end defenseman with some AHL and ECHL experience that we think can help anchor our blue line.

“Both guys have the potential and the ability to move up, but we’re hoping that both have some impact time here in Gwinnett as well. If it works out, we expect them to contribute on the ice and in the room.”

MacLean, 26, was a key offensive cog for the Everblades last season averaging more than a point-per-game.

In 60 games the Burlington, Ontario, native scored 22 goals, picked up 41 assists and was a plus-13 on the season. He also received his first call-up to the American Hockey League, scoring one goal in seven games with the Rochester Americans.

MacLean accrued 137 points in just 103 games in four years at Carleton University before launching his pro career with the Everblades. He also scored the Kelly Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 5 for Florida in the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals against the Las Vegas Wranglers.

Stejskal (pronounced STAY-skull), 26, wrapped up his third pro season with the Everblades, finishing with three goals, 16 assists and a plus-six rating in 65 games with Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 206-pound defenseman was a fifth round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2007 NHL draft and has 93 career AHL games under his belt.

Prior to his time in Florida the Grand Rapids, Minnesota native split the 2012-13 campaign with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL (31 games) and the Wheeling Nailers (26 games).