Cedric McNicoll
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Cedric McNicoll

Hometown:

Longueuil Quebec, Canada

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-08-28

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Trade with Colorado, 2010

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Cedric McNicoll was one of the top scorers in the QMHL for Shawinigan with 43 goals and 40 assists. He scored 18 goals on the power play and had six game winners in 69 games to lead the Cataractes. In five playoff games, he was held goal-less by Gatineau but had 8 assists in 5 games. Named the winner of the league's Frank J. Selke trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player).

2008-09: After attending the Pittsburgh Penguins camp but not being offered a contract, McNicoll returned to Shawinigan. He was the third-leading scorer in the QMJHL, scoring 38 goals with 66 assists and was +61 in 65 games during the regular season. Shawinigan, after finishing second in the Central Division during the regular season, enjoyed a story book run through the playoffs before falling to Drummondville in a seven game series in the QMJHL Finals. In 21 playoff games, McNicoll scored 16 goals with 17 assists and was +12 with 6 PIM. He was particularly lethal on the power play, scoring seven times. Signed an entry level contract with Colorado following the season.

2009-10: McNicoll spent most of the year with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters before the tradeline deal which sent him to the Carolina organization along with a sixth round pick in 2010 for veterans Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists in 45 games with the Monsters. In seven games with the Hurricanes' Albany affiliate, he scored twice with no assists. Lalonde also spent time in the ECHL with both Charlotte and Florida. In eight regular season games between the two teams, he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was even with no PIM. He finished the season playing with Florida in the ECHL playoffs. In six game, he had 2 assists and was -3.

2010-11: McNicoll, acquired in a trade with Colorado the previous season, split his first pro season in the Hurricanes' organization between Charlotte (AHL) and ECHL Florida. He opened the season with Florida, suffering an injury in October that forced him to miss nearly two months of the season. He made his debut with Charlotte in January and had points in 4 of his first five games before being sent back to Florida. He had two other call-ups with Charlotte and in 15 regular season games with the Checkers he scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +1 with 2 PMs. Four of his six goals came on the power play. He was not a part of the Checkers' playoff roster and didn't see any post season action. In 29 ECHL games with the Everblades he scored 7 goals with 17 assists and was +5 with 8 PMs.

2011-12: McNicoll opened his third pro season with Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte – skating in 17 games and scoring 1 goal with 2 assists. After suffering a groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two months he was demoted to ECHL Florida and he finished the season with the Everblades. In 32 regular season ECHL games he scored 15 goals with 15 assists and was plus-five with 12 penalty minutes. He was the leading scorer for the Everblades in the playoffs as Florida captured the Kelly Cup. McNicoll scored 4 goals with 17 assists in 18 playoff games and was plus-15 with 8 penalty minutes. McNicoll was not tendered a contract by the Hurricanes in June, 2012, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

 

Talent Analysis

McNicoll went undrafted despite putting up phenomenal offensive numbers in juniors because of his size and the perception that he is a perimeter player who stays away from tight areas and does not have the physical strength needed at the pro level. Another factor not in his favor is his speed, which is only average as compared to other players his size who have been successful at the pro level. His playmaking ability and offensive instincts are exceptional - and are enough to intrigue the Avalanche and now Hurricane organizations. Is also strong on face-offs.

 

Future

McNicoll was not re-signed by the Hurricanes and does not appear to have hooked up with another organization for the 2012-13 season.

 

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