Andrew MacWilliam
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Andrew MacWilliam

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-03-25

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (188th overall), 2008

Weight:

220 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: In his second season with the Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL), Andrew MacWilliam recorded 13 points, all assists, in 54 games. He recorded another five helpers in 18 playoff games with the club.

2008-09: In his final season with Camrose, MacWilliam would add eight goals and 21 assists.

2009-10: MacWilliam entered his first NCAA Season on a deep North Dakota squad, playing in a limited role. In 43 games, he would only manage three assists, but would help his team to the NCAA (WCHA) Championship.

2010-11: MacWilliam skated in 37 games as a sophomore for WCHA champion North Dakota and provided a complementary stay-at-home partner to WCHA First Team All-Star Chay Genoway (MIN), an offensive-minded defenseman. MacWilliam had 8 assists and was +10 with 49 PMs for the Fighting Sioux.

2011-12: MacWilliam provided physical play in the defense corps for North Dakota; leading the team with 75 penalty minutes. Skating on the Fighting Sioux' second pairing with freshman Nick Mattson (CHI), he was plus-13 and scored 2 goals with 5 assists in 42 games. North Dakota won the WCHA playoff title after finishing fourth during the season; defeating first place Minnesota and Denver on back-to-back nights to capture the Broadmoor Trophy. Minnesota returned the favor in the NCAA West Regional Final — defeating North Dakota, 5-2.

2012-13: MacWilliam signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in April of 2013 following his senior season at North Dakota. He played two AHL games with the Toronto Marlies in April and had no points nor penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division but MacWilliam did not appear in any playoff games. Skating with junior Dillon Simpson (Edmonton) on the top defensive pair for North Dakota, MacWilliam scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was +13 in 41 games. He led the Fighting Sioux with 116 penalty minutes. North Dakota was third in the WCHA and received an at-large NCAA bid after an overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA semifinals. The Fighting Sioux defeated Niagara in the NCAA West Regional semifinals before falling to national champion Yale, 4-1.

 

Talent Analysis

A character person both on and off the ice, MacWilliam has established a niche as a rugged defensive defender at the NCAA. A defenseman capable of delivering punishing hits, MacWilliam anticipates the play very well which aids to his ability to lay the body. He’s mobile for his style of game, but could still use polishing. He is capable of moving the puck efficiently from the back-end. Limited offensively, he’ll need to translate his physical style of game to the pro level.

 

 

Future

MacWilliam will make his pro debut with the Toronto Marlies in 2013-14.

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