Colin McDonald

Colin McDonald


Wethersfield Connecticut

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2nd round (51st overall), 2003


203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


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:

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.

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.  

Oilers Prospect Update

by pbadmin

Guide: 1 star – awful
2 stars – dissapointing
3 stars – did what was supposed to do, nothing more nothing less
4 stars- exceeded expectations
5 stars – created new expectations

1- Michel Riesen

After a rocky start with the Hamilton Bulldogs in which Riesen recorded only 13 points in 45 games Riesen has begun to pick up the pace. In his past nine games Riesen has recorded seven points, not much to get excited about however at the start of the year Riesen was playing with fear. His fear has dissipated and he now looks as though he has regained the confidence that he once had. He no longer shies away from contact and the corners are a place he will venture to. It appears as though the fear that he played with may have been brought on by his vast amount of injuries in the past year. He seems to be getting over that and the Oilers organization is very glad. They are looking for him to step up to the team next season as either Pat Falloon, Rem Murray or Alex Selivanov will be claimed by the expansion Atlanta Thrashers. He will be looked upon to make the team and possibly be the second line right winger, and maybe even fill in the first line left wing spot that for the most part of this season has been a revolving door of players.

1998-99 Statistics
AHL 54 5 15 20 6 3 0 1
WJC 6 0 4 4 4

Season Rating- 2 out of 5 stars
2- Micheal Henrich
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Petr Franek profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Petr Franek
Birthdate: April 6, 1975
Hometown: Most, Czech Rep
Weight: 190 lbs
Height: 5′ 10″
Position: Goalie

1996-97 Hershey AHL 15 4 1 0 3.02 .911
1996-97 Quebec IHL 6 3 3 0 3.02 .900
1996-97 Brantford CoHL 6 4 1 0 2.61 .930
1997-98 Hershey AHL 43 19 14 2 2.71 .906
1998-99 Utah IHL 8 1 6 1 3.50 .896
1998-99 Las Vegas IHL 33 16 10 2 3.19 .907
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AJHL Division Finals (March 31st)

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Lloydminster 6 at St. Albert 7 OT (Saints win 4-3)
The miracle is complete. The defending 1997-98 AJHL Champion St. Albert Saints have become the first team since the 1993 Sherwood Park Crusaders and only the second team in the AJHL’s entire history (the other team was Calgary Canucks in 1975) to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Akinsdale Arena was packed to the brim (you couldn’t fit another soul in there. There were 640 people sitting and probably another 700 standing) as Saints fans anticipated their home team making history.
The Saints did not make it easy, however – far from it. It looked as if they might cruise their way to victory early on, however, as Ron Grimard scored his fifth of the playoffs from Joey Bastien and Pavel Beranek only 4:58 into the game. Seven minutes later Brent Robertson broke in along the left side and rifled one past a stunned Ray Fraser. The Saints were up 2-0 and well in command of the game. However, up to that point the Blazers had been carrying the play although the Saints were the ones that capitalized. Lloydminster did not roll over and die – in fact, they pressured even more after the Saints goal. It eventually paid off in a pair of goals just under a minute apart during a four-on-four situation in the dying minutes of the first period. Travis Barnes shot a laser that eluded Saints’ starting netminder Kirby Millar and shortly after that, Brad Hutchinson netted his first of the post-season. The two teams went to the intermission knotted at two.
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Sven Butenschon profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Sven Butenschon
Born: March 22, 1976 Itzehoe, Germany
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 201
Poition: Defence

1993-94 Brandon WHL 70 3 19 22 51
1994-95 Brandon WHL 21 1 5 6 44
1995-96 Brandon WHL 70 4 37 41 99
1996-97 Cleveland IHL 75 3 12 15 68
1997-98 Syracuse AHL 65 14 23 37 66
1997-98 Pittsburgh NHL 8 0 0 0 6
1998-99 Houston IHL 57 1 4 5 81
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Follow Up: Stefan Cherneski

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The Rangers picked Stefan Cherneski as their first pick in 1997. The Rangers didn’t have a franchise player on their hands, but a hard working kid who was destined for the NHL. Two years later, Cherneski’s career has been filled with triumph and tragedy and his hockey career lays in question.

Cherneski’s life started out a battle. The second child born to his family, Stefan was born 8 weeks premature and doctors were concerned for him. They wouldn’t allow him to go home for another 8 weeks as they placed his tiny body in an incubator to increase his chances for survival. Growing up Stefan became involved in local midget clubs but was never seen as a knock over prospect and thus he never heard his name called in the WHL draft. After signing with the Brandon Wheat Kings prior to the 95-96 season, Cherneski’s rookie year was not the most memorable. Stuck primarily in a third line left winger’s role on a deep and talented Brandon team, Cherneski finished with only 8 goals. Only 5’11 and 185 pounds at the time Cherneski didn’t have the raw ability to crack the Wheat Kings top line, or so everyone thought.

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