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:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

220 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Andrew Mac William recorded 13 points, all assists in 54 games in his second season with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He recorded another five helpers in 18 playoff games with the club. MacWilliam was selected by Toronto in the seventh round (188th overall) in the  2008 NHL Draft. 

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.

2013-14: MacWilliam skated in 57 of 76 regular season games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his first pro season. He had 9 assists and was +3 with 96 penalty  minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. MacWilliam played in nine playoff games and was +2 with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

MacWilliam is a character person both on and off the ice and has found his niche as a rugged defensive defender. He is capable of delivering punishing hits and anticipates the play well. He is mobile for his style of game, but could still use polishing. MacWilliam moves the puck efficiently from the back-end but is limited offensively.

Future

MacWilliam attended training camp with the Maple Leafs before being assigned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies at the start of the 2014-15 season. Seeing steady ice time in a shutdown role for the Marlies, he cut down on his penalty minutes while his plus/minus was much-improved from his first AHL season; earning an NHL call-up with the Leafs. Not re-signed by Toronto, he signed a one-year contract with Winnipeg as an unrestricted free agent. He began the 2015-16 season with the AHL's Manitoba Moose.

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Photo: Defenseman Korbinian Holzer is one of several NHL-ready Toronto prospects who was forced to play in the AHL this season due to the NHL lockout. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

The improved prospect depth in the Toronto Maple Leafs system should start to bear fruit through the 2012-13 season, as many prospects make their pro debuts with the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Focus, however, will continue on prospects at the pro level such as Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne. There is also great interest in 2012 draft pick Morgan Rielly, and what he can do over a full season.

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Andrew MacWilliam looks at positives after Frozen Four loss

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Photo: Despite falling short in the Frozen Four, sophomore Andrew MacWilliam looks at North Dakota’s season as a success. (Photo courtesy of Holly Gunning/HF)

Rugged sophomore defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (TOR) was part of North Dakota’s excellent defensive corps this season. He posted just eight points (all assists) in 37 games this season and became an intimidating presence on the Fighting Sioux blue line.

Hockey’s Future spoke with MacWilliam following North Dakota’s 0-2 loss to Michigan in the second semi-final game on Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

Hockey’s Future: Despite a very disappointing ending to the season, what is one positive, if anything, that you can take from this season?

Andrew MacWilliam: We obviously had a great season, but we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal and it definitely hurts. This has been the best group of guys that I’ve ever played with. So I think that’s the positive.
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