Colin McDonald

Colin McDonald

Hometown:

Wethersfield Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-09-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (51st overall), 2003

Weight:

203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2002-03: Played for the New England Coyotes of the EJHL Led the EJHL in scoring in with 58 points (28 goals, 30 assists) Earned EJHL Offensive Player of the Year Award and league MVP honors and was also named the MVP of the Top Prospects Tournament in 2002. Earned Hockey Night In Boston Junior Player of the Year.

McDonald Interview July 2003: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=6180&mode=threaded&order=0

2003-04: Selected to the U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp (August 2003) but did not make WJC team.  Named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

2004-05: His sophomore season with the Friars was interrupted by a knee injury but before that occurred he was a point per game player and the go-to guy in Providence’s line up. Upon his return, Providence experienced a late season run after not winning a game in his absence. In the playoffs, McDonald played center.

2005-06: Statistically his best college year, new head coach Tim Army allowed the club to open up more offensively which played to McDonald’s strengths.  Appeared at Edmonton’s prospect camp in the middle of June.

2006-07: In his final season with Providence College, McDonald tallied 13 goals and 17 points in 36 games. He finished with 43 goals and 77 points in 135 games as a Friar.

July 2007 Audio Interview

2007-08: This marked McDonald’s first season of professional hockey, which he spent with the Springfield Falcons (AHL). In 73 games, he recorded 12 goals and 23 points, along with 46 minutes in penalties.

Talent Analysis

McDonald has good physical skills and a deadly accurate shot but he needs to get himself into better position to use the shot more effectively. He is strong and aggressive down low and in the corners, goes hard to the net and brings a positive work ethic and energy to the table.  However, he wasn’t supposed to be an energy player as a pro, he’s supposed to be a scorer.  Another high character person, well-spoken and charismatic personality; very Jarret Stoll-like.

Future
A critical year coming up for McDonald as it’s the last of his entry-level contract. He was a jack-of-all-trades for the Falcons last season but has to establish himself as a top-six player in the AHL this year.  


Calder Corner for Oct 11th

by HF Staff
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The Calder Corner

Edmonton Oilers

Scott Ferguson: Over-age prospect with 1st NHL Goal, +1, 1 Shot)

Nashville Predators
Denis Arkhipov: 1 Assist
Martin Erat: 1 Assist

San Jose Sharks
Jeff Jillson: 2 Assists, -1, 3 Shots

St Louis Blues
Brent Johnson: 26 shots, 20 saves, 0-1-1

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

Present day Rome rises in Kootenay

by Jeff Bromley
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In the dying days of Ancient Rome, it was said that Nero fiddled while the city burned. Present day Kootenay ICE defenseman Aaron Rome might want to do some fiddling of his own come June of 2002. And the only thing that’ll be burning is himself, right up the scouting charts.

The Red Line Report, a private scouting list out of Lake Placid, New York that compiles a monthly list of NHL Draft hopefuls similar to the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau only the list includes players from Europe where the CSB doesn’t, listed Rome at the 36th spot in it’s first monthly report of the season. The list’s number one rated prospect is Medicine Hat Tiger defensemen Jay Bouwmeester who along with Rome are late-born players of 1983 (past September 15) which bumps them to the next draft year. The two also share the same birthday of September 27.

“I have high expectations of myself, like any hockey player at this level should have,” said Rome after being informed of the ranking. “I wasn’t expecting it but I think that it doesn’t really mean anything right now. It doesn’t mean anything yet but hopefully at the end of the year, maybe.”

Rome arrived in Cranbrook rather quietly and inconspicuously at a time when the pomp and circumstance of Mike Comrie’s short-lived stay in the Kootenay’s were dominating the headlines. On October 16, 2000 in the less-than-hyped trade that saw the unrealized potential in Jordan Wallin head to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a defenseman that didn’t seem to get much of chance in the Bridge City, Aaron Rome got a chance to start over.

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From one end of the spectrum to the other

by Jeff Bromley
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From one end of the spectrum to the other

In a world seemingly gone loony and getting crazier by the minute, I offer up a rant and rave about things that, upon further review seem minuscule in the greater scheme of things. Stepping away from CNN for a moment…..

The WHL G.M.’s will have met over the weekend and by the beginning of this week, there should be a decision on the adaptation of the new ‘Fast Face-off’ rule in the CHL. Word is that everybody loves it (except, strangely enough the fans I’ve talked to) and the of tweaking it to the tune that an extension of five seconds be added to the home side’s line change time and every period having one promotional timeout to take care of business. In other words, in that short timeout the fans will inundated with promotional advertising in order to satisfy the business end of things at the hockey games. Just so we’re clear; first, the games are going on too long partly due to the jousting and jockeying for position on the face-offs and the subsequent dismissal of one or both of the combatants by the linesmen. Add on the abuse of the last change rule by the home team and you have the reasoning for the implementation of the rule. Going to the other end of the spectrum whereby it isn’t uncommon to see only one team in at the face-off dot before they drop the puck, now they do a turnabout realizing that advertisements, both in-house and on the radio broadcast aren’t getting enough play time. Tell me again why the powers that be don’t just enforce the rules that exist for delay of game. A couple of power-plays agains Read more»

Coyotes Minor League notes

by Russell Brooks
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A brief look at some minor league players.

Kirill Safronov – Believe it or not but the Falcons of the AHL have Safronov on the left wing on offense and not playing defense. So far he has a goal and assist in 2 games played for them. Will this bring him up in a new position? Only time will tell.

Frederik Sjostrom – After getting off to a real slow start, Sjostrom has picked it up in the last few games. He has a total of three goals and three assists with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Expect to see at least 30 goals from him this year.

Matthew Spiller – Spiller has gotten off to a decent start with Seattle this year. Her has two goals and four assists in nine games so far with Seattle. He has been playing up on the top pairs of defense on and off. Look to see him with the Coyotes Early 2003.

Martin Podelsak – Podelsak is off to a nice start with Lethbridge this year. He has one goal and two assists in four games. He didnt start the season with the team as he was with the Coyotes in preseason camp. Look to see him have a shot at the team next year possibly.

Ramzi Abid – Abid is playing well after coming off an injury plagued season last year. He has been playing well and look to see him possibly called up this year if his year is not as plagued with injuries as it was last year.

Patrick DesRochers – Patrick played in the second game of the Falcons season. He gave up 3 goals on 30 shots. As with Burke so far DeRochers isnt getting much defense with the new look Falcons. Expect betters numbers coming Read more»

Philadelphia Phantoms Off to a Rollicking Start

by Bill Meltzer
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While the Philadelphia Flyers have stumbled a bit out of the gates with just one win (and two come-from-behind ties against Columbus) to show for their first four games, the Flyers top farm club is off to a sensational start. The Phantoms are 4-0-0 and have outscored their opponents by a combined 18 to 7. The Phantoms have begun their first road trip of the season with a 3-2 win in Rochester and a 4-1 victory in Bridgeport.

Even with the callup of top line center Marty Murray to the big club, the Phantoms have not missed a beat since the club departed Philly for the trip. Veteran Mark Freer has moved up from the third line to the center the first line with AHL Player of the Week Mark Greig and red hot sniper Vaclav Pletka. The revised line has continued to dominate.

So far on the young season, Pletka has 6 goals and 3 helpers, including back-to-back two goal efforts against Wilkes Barre/Scranton and Rochester. The second year winger from the Czech
Republic, who reportedly considered going home to play this season because he didn’t think he was in the mix for a job with the big club, has been making a strong case for himself to get NHL consideration, despite his lack of size. He’s shown plenty of speed and a surprising level of grit to go along with his soft hands and laser quick shot release.

Almost everywhere you look in the Phantoms lineup, there are positives.

Second line left wing/ center Tomas Divisek has points in every game so far and has continued to demonstrate a commitment to playing two-way hockey.

Young defenseman Bruno Read more»

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