In an era where it would seem that NHL teams seem to yearn for big, tall goaltenders, it would appear that Mason McDonald might be just the physical package scouting staffs will be looking for.
At a little more that 6’3” and 180 pounds, MacDonald covers the net well while bringing a very calm and even-keeled persona to the rink. For most of the current campaign, he held the fort in Bathurst for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, where he played in 13 games after appearing in 26 games as a rookie last year. Then, on December 29th, he was dealt to the Charlottetown Islanders for a first round pick and two fourth round picks at the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.
According to the current Central Scouting Midterm Rankings, MacDonald enters the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary as the top ranked keeper from the QMJHL, seventh overall among North American goaltenders. In three games with his new team on Prince Edward Island of late, MacDonald has compiled a goals-against average of 1.95 and a .938 save percentage. He has collected two wins.
Before the 2013-14 season, MacDonald earned a spot on Hockey Canada’s U-18 team for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Unfortunately, he did not play in the event as head coach Dale Hunter rode the hot hand in Julio Billia of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to a gold medal performance. MacDonald and Billia are the tandem for Team Orr in Calgary, where the 17-year-old MacDonald is certain to play.
He credits his father, Brian, for much of his hockey success to date, along with a pair of goaltending coaches in the QMJHL, Leo Luongo and Nicolas Champagne. In Charlottetown now, MacDonald will be working with the Islanders goaltending consultant, Paul Drew.
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