MacDonald certainly will feel right at home when 2006 training camp opens as he’s more familiar with the coach than any of the other draftees – and even most of the team’s veterans.
A member of the QMJHL franchise that Nolan coached to the Memorial Cup finals, MacDonald netted 46 points in 68 games in 2005-06. He’s a player who refuses to let obstacles stand in his way. MacDonald joined Moncton as a free agent and worked his way up into the team’s top-three rearguards.
2006-07: Playing the majority of the season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, MacDonald also made his debut with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL). In three games with the Sound Tigers, MacDonald did not register a point and did not record any penalty minutes. In 65 games played with the Wildcats, however, MacDonald had 14 goals, 44 assists for 58 points and 81 penalty minutes.
2007-08: MacDonald started the season with Bridgeport Sound (AHL) before he was reassigned to the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). With the Sound Tigers, he scored five points (2+3) while tallying 10 penalty minutes. In Utah, he recorded 12 points (1+11) in 15 games.
MacDonald has above average offensive skills for a blue liner, and a talent for creating quick offensive rushes. It is his ability to make tape-to-tape, up-ice passes and set up for quick shots off the point that make him, if not a true defenseman, a talented offensive-defenseman. He will need to work on his positioning in the defensive zone. Once along the boards, MacDonald is easy to get by. He is all too eager to go in the offensive zone and will need to better discipline himself at sticking to the duties of his position.