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.  

Enforcing the Avalanche

by pbadmin

When talking about the depth and positioning of the Colorado Avalanche over the last 2 seasons, there is one topic that is somewhat of a touchy concern: The lack of an enforcer. 2 seasons ago, after trading disgruntled winger Chris Simon, the Avs thought that they had the replacement in former Isles defenseman Brent Severyn. When he failed to make a lasting impression on the roster, he was left to be taken by the Ducks. Last season, the Avs once again thought that they had a solution when they signed Las Vegas Thunder (IHL) and former Denver Grizzlies winger Jason Simon. When he failed to even make the Avs roster, and struggled to stay on the Hershey(AHL) roster, the Avs were forced to trade a 3rd round pick to Pittsburgh to acquire cheap-shot artist Francois Leroux, and when that failed, they traded prized Czech center Jozef Marha to Anaheim to re-acquire former Avs winger Warren Rychel. Where are these players now? Brent Severyn has recently signed with the Dallas Stars after a lackluster stay with the Ducks. Jason Simon will attend the Avs training camp in Colorado Springs and Vail, but will likely spend the rest of his contractual obligation in Hershey. Francois Leroux is an unrestricted free agent, and has not been invited to the Avs Camp. Maybe he’ll spend the 98-99 season in a religious convent, begging for Pat LaFontaine’s forgiveness. Warren Rychel will probably make the team, but only for his leadership skills.
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New Flame Goalie

by pbadmin

In early January ’98 the Saint John Flames looked in trouble. With goaltending problems in Calgary that sent Tyler Moss to the NHL and a knee injury that sidelined J-S Giguere, the flames looked in trouble. Then team scouts pulled an incredible little Russian rabbit out of their hat. That goalie was playing in the UHLs Port Huron Border Cats and was Igor Karpenko, Karpenko got his first shot, coming in after Cory Cadden was pulled with the flames in a 5-4 loss in Copps Coloseum, then the team came home and hosted the Albany River Rats (and some members of this mailing list were in attendance). Albany looked calm and had visions of stealing an easy 2 points from the home team. Then the little russian pulled his magic off, and shut out the powerful Rats and sent many fans home talking about the teams 2nd shutout of the season and some goalie from no-where. Game 2 saw the flames host the Fredericton Canadiens and Karpenko looked incredible once again, the shutout streak remained intact until there was only 8.7 seconds remaining in the 3rd period. Karpenko set an incredible shutout record for the flames at 119minutes and 51.3 seconds. He wasn’t about to leave that quickly, the next night the flames hosted the Portland Pirates and “Little Iggy” did it again shutting the Pirates out 3-0.
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Brendan Morrison:The Next Gilmour?

by pbadmin
Doug Gilmour bolted the New Jersey Devils as a free agent for big bucks from the Chicago Blackhawks. Obviously one reason the Devils didn’t match the Hawks offer was money, the other reason, center Brendan Morrison. Morrison is a 23 year old centerman who has been compared favorably to Gilmour. Gilmour was asked what he felt about Brendan Morrison when he spoke to reporters shortly after signing with the Blackhawks. “I think he’s a good kid. I think he can step up, but the thing with Brendan is whether he can do it over 82 games. It’s a little more physical, a little different. But one reason the Devils didn’t come harder to get me was because they had this kid. Brendan has the ability to be a bigtime scorer at this level.” Devils GM/President Lou Lamoriello was asked what he felt about Morrison now that Gilmour was no longer a Devil, his answer was short and to the point, “I feel that Brendan Morrison is an extremely elite player, this means he’ll be getting the prime time he needs.” Morrison played this past season mostly with the Albany River Rats(AHL) worked on his defense and tenacity with much success, and in 72 games scored 35 goals, had 49 assists for a total of 84 pts leading the team in scoring in his rookie season. He was recalled by the Devils for his 3rd and longest stint of the season for the final seven games of the NHL season, in the wake of a severe knee injury suffered by Gilmour and fresh off a five, thats right a FIVE goal outburst the previous game for the River Rats. Morrison ignited the stagnant Devils offense by scoring 4 goals and 4 assists in t Read more»

Penguins Mid-Summer Prospect Report

by pbadmin

Well, in a flurry of off-season moves, the Penguins have paved the way for a youth movement. The financial woes of a franchise that has lost close to 20 million dollars in two years has forced it to let their captain and future Hall of Famer, Ron Francis, go to Carolina via free agency. They also stand to lose Frederick Olausson, one of the teams’ most consistent defenseman in the same manner. Unfortunately, it will take the youth in the organization some time to make up for the loss of 120 points of scoring and 29 years of NHL experience.

In June the Penguins started off by signing 1996 draftees, Craig Hillier, Michal Rozsival, and Boris Protsenko while letting Boyd Kane and Peter Bergman go back into the draft. They then dealt injury prone Ken Wregget and Dave Roche to the Calgary Flames for two Left wings, German Titov and Todd Hlushko, adding depth to a weak left side. They then dealt holdout Josef Beranek to the Oilers for Defenseman Bobby Dollas and Center Tony Hrkac, who would eventually be taken in the expansion draft by Nashville. The draft saw the Penguins add to an already long list of centers by selecting six more as well as adding two goaltenders, a left wing and a defenseman. The Penguins went to Europe again selecting Czech Milan Kraft in the first round and Russian Alexander Zevakhin in the second.
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Sharks prospect report

by pbadmin

Name: position, height/weight, age, where picked (year in parenthesis) League/team, statistical information
Awards: (Some players have two All-Star teams mentioned, this is not in error. The CHL comes out with two of them, one in the middle of the year, one at the end which never plays a game, just listed as 1st team, 2nd team or 3rd team All-Star)

Description/star ranking… The star ranking is the player’s chances of just making it to the NHL/1998 destination, where he’ll probably be next year.

*****=blue chip

Matt Bradley-RW
20 years old
4th round 102nd overall (96)
OHL/Kingston: 55GP 33G 50A +13 24PIMS
Awards: Selected to play in Eastern Conference All-Star team
Named league’s 3rd best defensive forward by OHL coaches Named Most Gentlemanly Player by OHL GMs. Named to Canadian Junior National team. Named to OHL All-Star 3rd team.

Finished 4th on the team in scoring, 16th in the league, which tells you how much offense his team has. He’s surely benefited from this, but his offense has steadily improved over the years. His ability to be the first to the puck helps not only in getting the puck out of the defensive zone, but also in picking up loose rebounds. His defense has always been great. He can be a very good 3rd line guy. Doesn’t have the scoring ability for 1st or 2nd line duty, but would be perfect for 3rd line duty. There are a lot of players who fit that role perfectly, and he can fill that role very well for the Sharks. Read more»