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.  


Prospects Tournament Game 2 – The real prospects show up

by Paul Tanasi
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Wow, what a difference 24 hours make. Either the Panther prospects are really bad, or this group of Montreal prospects really turned things around after Wednesday’s debacle versus Tampa. No significant roster changes except for the addition of Aaron Asham. The other changes were Konstantin Sidulov, Jason Lehoux, and Sebastien Thinel who did not play. Benoit Cotnoir, Jerome Marois were inserted in the lineup. Mathieu Garon also replaced Evan Lindsay in goal.

For those of you keeping track, Montreal lost the opener on Wednesday to Tampa Bay by a score of 4-3 but were totally outplayed and outshot. In the night cap game, Florida beat the Ottawa prospects by a score of 4-3 as well.

In yesterday’s early game, Ottawa beat Tampa 3-2 in a shootout. After a 5 min overtime period didn’t settle matters, Petr Schastlivy beat Robert Holsinger with the only shootout goal for the win. Mathieu Chouinard was outstanding as he stopped all five Tampa shooters. Simon Lajeunesse let in two Tampa goals by Chris Gignac and Sergei Kuznetsov earlier in the game. The other goal scorers for Ottawa were British import Jonathan Weaver and Chris Neil.

So with Montreal’s decisive 5-2 victory over Florida each team has won and lost a game which should make Friday’s matches very interesting.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I thought of each of the Montreal Prospect’s performance in this game:

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Hockey pool book review

by Jes Golbez
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Well it’s hockey pool time — the favourite time of year for some of us — and with that we find at our local newsstands a
myriad of publications. So to help you with your picks in your hockey pool, here is a guide to some of the best, and worst, magazines to choose from. I’m not going to go into things such as who gives the best stats, generally they all give good stats, goals scored, assists, minutes played. Just the beef here, not soy allowed.

Now, there are different publications for different tastes and needs, but you can decide what you want, and where your money is best spent. But here is the order that I find the best.

For my money Slam’s Hockey Forecaster is far and away the best out there. While others give you glitz and sizzle, the Forecaster gives you most of everything. For the average office poolster they give a breakdown of the best to pick and the best to avoid. Their write-ups are concise and give you their opinion on why or why not a player will produce. But where this publication shines is in their coverage of secondary players and the prospects. While the average poolie wouldn’t touch a Tom Poti last year (and for good reason) the perpetual, or rotisserie, poolies love these little things and the Forecaster gives you plenty of this. If year in year out you Read more»

Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect: Vladimir Kulikov Who is He Anyway?

by pbadmin
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With the 211th selection in the 1999 NHL entry draft, the Toronto Maple
Leafs choose, Vladimir Kulikov.
Those fans who were paying attention at that time said, who? Even some of
the web’s most popular internet sports services listed this choice as
Vladimir Kulkov, a forward playing for CKSA in Russia.

Those fans who read these reports felt that the Maple Leafs had passed on
taking a goaltending prospect for the future, which is a team need as one
looks beyond the Cujo years. Not so, as the amateur scouting department,
then headed by assistant GM, Anders Hedberg, pick up a potentially good one
in young Kulikov.

Kulikov has played for CKSA in Russia, which is the former Red Army
organization. Through the foreign exchange program, he came to North
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A look at the Montreal Prospects camp

by Paul Tanasi
on

The Prospects Tournament was held in Hull last night. It was also a good opportunity to check out the up and coming stars for Florida, Tampa and Ottawa. Ottawa seemed to have the best prospects, followed by Tampa, then Florida. Montreal gets 4th by default.

There’s no knight in shiny armor in the crew of Montreal prospects. Below is how each player did. Keep in mind this is only one game and they’ve probably never played together before so they did look out of place.

Gordie Dwyer-Excellent fore checker, solid body checks, 1 assist, 2 fights (one win, one draw) will play in Quebec (AHL) but zero chance of any NHL time in my opinion.

Konstantin Sidulov-Didn’t impress, didn’t disappoint, was pretty much invisible. He was a little on the small side.

Francois Beauchemin-Brisebois, Robidas…you get the picture. May make it to NHL just because the Habs always give these guys a shot. Kind of reminds me of Brian Campbell, smallish and non-physical but a strong skater and nice passer.

Matt Carkner-Raw, good size, no offensive skills, weak skater but could be the next Brad Brown which isn’t too bad really. He could play for another team down the road.

Jason Lehoux- 2 fighting majors, lost one badly to Kyle Freadrich of Tampa, drew on the second. Didn’t look terribly out of place on a terrible looking team.

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Prospect Camp Rosters

by Paul Tanasi
on

Rosters

Florida Panthers

39 Ivan Novoseltsev

41 Ian Jacobs

45 Brad Ference

46 Paul Harvey

52 Joe Dipenta

53 Travis Eagles

54 Ryan Jardine

56 Morgan McCormick

57 Chris Ovington

58 Kyle Rossiter

59 Rid Sarich

60 Denis Shvidki

61 Brad Woods

62 B.J. Ketcheson

64 Nick Smith

65 AJ Baines

67 Luke Murphy

68 Serge Payer

71 Brett Gibson

72 Curtis Huppe

73 Brad Goulet

74 Keith Delaney

75 Eric Godard

76 Paul Spadafora

Goaltenders

34 Alex Auld

35 Jonathan Charron

70 Jean-Francois Laniel

Tampa Bay Ligtning

23 Paul Mara

24 Glen Crawford

33 Curtis Tipler

34 Van Rachunekl

36 Sergei Kuznetsov

37 Chris Gagne

38 Brad Richards

40 Dimitri Afenssonkov

41 Eric Beaudoin

42 Matt Elich

43 Kyle Freaderich

45 Mark Thompson

46 Chad Cavanaugh

47 Brett Allen

48 Oak Hewer

50 Fedor Fedorov

51 Dale Rominiski

53 Justin Clark

53 Jan Sulo

54 Sheldon Keefe

56 Kyle Koss

57 Brett Schaffeimaier

58 Curtis Rich

59 Chris Lyness

60 Daniel Hulak

Goaltenders

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