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.  


John Wikstrom: North America Bound?

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Growing up in Sweden, Detroit Red Wings’ defense prospect John Wikstrom always maintained the same goal.

“The dream has always been there and will always stay. To play in the NHL is of highest importance to me,” said Wikstrom recently.

As a youngster, his primary goal was to reach Sweden’s TV-Pucken, a countrywide tournament for junior hockey players. And as Wikstrom’s hockey career progressed, larger goals became realized.

Drafted in the fifth round by Detroit in 1997, Wikstrom spent several years toiling within the Lulea organization in Sweden. Wikstrom’s years with the club were frustrating, and he was never given the opportunity to become a regular in the Swedish Elite League. He saw most of his ice time with Lulea’s junior squad.

Wikstrom is a hulking defenseman, standing 6’4″ and weighing 205 lb. A decent skater for his size, he continues to improve. Wikstrom plays a tough and physical defensive game, and with his great size he is a force. However, in Sweden, his rugged type of game does not fit in, and the rules make it difficult for him to take full advantage of his size.

“I have more of a North American hockey style,” Wikstrom explains.

Following his draft year, Wikstrom ventured across the ocean to the Red Wings’ 1998 training camp in an attempt to make Adirondack of the AHL.

“The training camp I attended is the best hockey memory I have. Perhaps the best memory I’ll ever have,” said Wikstrom, fondly recalling his introduction to the Detroit Red Wing organization.
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IHL History: Cleveland Lumberjacks

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CLEVELAND LUMBERJACKS HISTORY

Lumberjack hockey has a unique history to it. First in Muskegon, then in Cleveland. The IHL entered Muskegon for the 1960-61 season. They were known as the Muskegon Zephyrs due to the fact that financial assitance came from the Zephyr Oil Company.

In their first IHL season the Zephyrs finished with a 25-41-4 record for 54 points in 70 games. Ken Hayden lead all Zephyr scorers that first year with 52 goals, and 34 assist, for 86 points and accumulated 78 penalty minutes in 69 games. Jim McLeod recorded a 4.34 GAA with 1 shutout and 269 goals against in 62 games. The Zephyrs made it to the Turner Cup finals but lost to St. Paul 4 games to 1 game.

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Kings Notes

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The Long Beach Press Telegram is reporting that Aki Berg has agreed in principle to a one year contract with the Kings that could be signed as soon as today. Berg claims no hard feelings and says he is ready and eager to play for the Kings this season. This move is huge in easing the concerns of defensive depth. This also puts Berg back on track to the promising future he had two years ago.

Also, the Los Angeles Kings issued the following press release on the condition of prospect Eric Belanger. Belanger was diagnosed with a blood clot that could potentially keep him out for the season. As this article reads, the centerman’s season has been salvaged after all.

INGLEWOOD, CA. – Los Angeles Kings center Eric Belanger underwent successful surgery this morning for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that caused a blood clot to develop in his right arm, Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.

Surgery was performed by Dr. Fred A. Weaver, chief of vascular surgery, USC University Hospital, to remove Belanger`s first rib on his right side. He will be followed over the next month by Dr. Weaver and Kings internist Dr. Michael Mellman. The timing for Belanger`s return to professional hockey will be determined by his response to surgery and rehabilitation over the next month.
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Webster And Kelly Give Spits Organization A Positive Facelift

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In the Canadian hockey league, the most important asset that a team must first acquire is a positive reputation for developing young talent and maturing their skills both on and off the ice. If this asset is not met, the team will encounter many problems in acquiring their young draft picks and acquiring other players through trades and such. A team that has gone through this horrific ordeal? Why, the Windsor Spitfires practically define it.

The Spitfires have accomplished everything that any other team should not. This includes a vast array of different front office movements over the last 10 years resulting in numerous coaches and general managers. This results in a very unstable approach toward building a future in the league which is so important in the CHL. Also, a team that produces bad results year after year does not help a reputation. All future OHL’ers fear a few words come draft day, “The Windsor Spitfires select .” Take this past draft for example. Tim Gleason, a highly touted defenceman, previously stated that he would take a university approach or only play for the Plymouth Whalers if he was selected. The Spits took the risky road and selected him. Immediately after, he returned his jersey and hat through his agent back to the team and said he would not report. This is when the new era of the Windsor Spitfires organization takes place.
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An In-depth Look At The 1999-2000 OHL Season

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With OHL training camps set to open up this week now would be the perfect time to take a closer look at the upcoming OHL season. Let’s start by taking a look at the Western Conference and, more specifically, the West Division.

Western Conference
West Division
Soo Greyhounds
Go-to-guys: Josef Vasicek had a fairly good rookie season and will likely improve on his totals from last season. Cory Pecker, after missing most of the 1997-98 season with Chron’s Disease, had a breakthrough season last year and will be looked to for more of the same. He will be a key in the Greyhounds success.
Key Departures: Chad Cavanagh scored 40 goals last season despite going into a scoring slump late in the year. Adam Nittel’s 18 goals and 336 penalty minutes will also be missed.

Breaking Through: After scoring just three goals and 10 points in his rookie season Tim Zafiris is starting to realize his offensive potential and could hit the 20 goal mark this season.

Newcomers To Watch: First-round draft pick Trevor Daley will be playing on a very experienced Greyhound blueline, but will get every chance to prove that he can play at the OHL level. Veteran winger Brent Theobald, acquired from the Mississauga IceDogs, will provide the Greyhounds with veteran leadership.

London Knights
Go-to-guys: Rico Fata will be looked to for offense if he doesn’t crack the Calgary Flames lineup. Jay Legault and Tom Kostopoulos will also be looked to if they are brought back as overage players. Read more»