2014 U18 Video: Mason McDonald, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt

Mason McDonald - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald has seen his draft stock rise in the second half of the 2013-14 season, moving from a 7th ranking in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to 2nd in their final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although there have been complaints in recent years related to Team Canada's goaltending at some of the World Junior tournaments, there aren't likely to be many when it comes to the goaltending that Canada received from Mason McDonald at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Despite the fact that Canada missed out on winning gold at this year's tournament, McDonald did his part to keep his country in a position to win gold and ultimately take home the bronze medal. His efforts did not go unnoticed as he was chosen as the Best Goalkeeper by the IIHF Directorate for this year's U18.

McDonald has had an eventful 2013-14 season, starting the season with the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan before being dealt to the Charlottetown Islanders. The move to the Islanders proved to be a positive one as McDonald was able to round his game into form, to the point where he was named the starting goaltender for Canada at the U18. McDonald's strong second half has also boosted his ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Hockey's Future spoke with McDonald following Canada's bronze medal win over the Czech Republic, a conversation that can be viewed in this HF video.

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