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.  

Sabres Report: Prospecting for Czech Gold

by Ken McKenna

While the Czech Republic’s ’98 Olympic gold medal performance in ice hockey came as a shock to many casual hockey observers, the Buffalo Sabres hockey department likely took this development in stride.

Throughout the 90′s, the Sabres have mined the Czech hockey vein for talent, where they have come up with some 24-karat prospects. During this decade, the Sabres have drafted 10 players from the Czech Republic, while acquiring 4 others via trades. The most notable of these acquisitions is, of course, goaltender and two-time NHL MVP Dominik Hasek. Had the Sabres simply stopped with Hasek, they could have labeled their Czech experiment a success. But the names Richard Smehlik, Vaclav Varada and Michal Grosek also dot the Sabres roster, proving that the Sabres eye for Czech talent is not a fluke.

While the players mentioned above have made it to the NHL, there are other Czech prospects that could someday play for the big club. Some of them are teenagers in the early stages of their development, while others are slightly older players who might deserve a second look from the Sabres scouts.

Not all the players I’ll be profiling will come to North America to play, but it is fun to speculate. So, with that in mind, I present the Czech Republic prospects of the Buffalo Sabres.

Young and Promising

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Swedish Report

by pbadmin

ANDREAS KARLSSON PLAYING UP TO EXPECTATIONS: Andreas was asked to take aging injury-prone veteran Per-Erik Eklund’s spot and step up and become Leksand’s first line center this season, and he has responded extremely well. He has been a major factor in Leksand’s surprising start to the season (currently 1st in Elitserien with a 8-3-4 record). Maybe I am totally alone in liking Andreas as a player, but I still can’t figure out why the Flames used a draftpick on Erik Andersson when they have a younger, more skilled Swede consistently doing the things they look for in Andersson as well as being in the top ten in scoring in the Elitserien. Maybe there’s a lack of desire to play in Canada on Andreas’ part ? Oh well. Either they bring him over after this season, or I give up hoping for him to take a shot at the NHL. He has proven himself over and over again in Sweden, and it’s time for him to learn just how successful he can be in North America. He is currently seventh in the league in scoring, and he was chosen as one of the centers for Team Sweden in the Karjala Cup in Finland. He could be a third-line center in the NHL.
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Tampa Bay Update from Cleveland

by pbadmin

The Tampa Bay Lighting have been going through some major changes very early in the season, most notably the firing of general manager Phil Esposito and director of scouting and player development Tony Esposito. The Espositos are known to be friends with Larry Gordon, owner of the International Hockey League’s Cleveland Lumberjacks. Over the off season, the brothers were instrumental in reaching a working agreement with the Cleveland Lumberjacks, and as a result will have up to 14 players with Cleveland over the next three years…

BONSIGNORE BUSTED: The most interesting news probably stems from the enigmatic Jason Bonsignore. Bonsignore, who was the fourth overall pick for Edmonton in the 1994 draft, and made his way to the Lightning in the late 1997 trade that sent Roman Hamrlik to the Oilers, was up and down with Tampa Bay last season, and started the season back in the minors with Cleveland.
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Toronto Maple Leafs: Youth Being Served

by pbadmin

The Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to a youth movement and we shall examine the players who serve in this movement. We’ll look at what they’ve accomplished thus far and what they need to do to improve in the future. The club has made some noise as to the acquisition of some veteran free agent talent, but let’s be honest. One or two veteran free agents are not totally going to put the Leafs over the hump. The key to the Leafs success will not totally depend on who the team acquires in a Felix Potvin trade. The key to the club’s fortunes will be the development of the young talent which is largely now in place. These are players who have less than 3 years in the NHL. All have at one time or another shown some promise, but all have also shown the plague of most young players: inconsistency. If all or most of these players continue to move up the ladder in their development, the Leafs and their fans will have a lot to look forward to in future years. The potential talent to be solid, not superstar, but solid players is there. It is up to the Leafs’ coaching staff, now headed by head man, Pat Quinn, to nurture and develop that talent to its fullest. It is up to the Leafs’ management team to exhibit the patience needed to aid in the development of that talent as well. The Leafs of the past have shown an unfortunate propensity to give up too soon on rising young players. If the team is truly to contend, that tendency must end. The first year of the Ken Dryden era did show some good patience with the “kids”. That patience must continue, even if some hard times still follow. Read more»

Swedish Report

by pbadmin

Top prospects for the 1999 NHL Draft Daniel and Henrik Sedin has established themselves as Elitserien-regulars this season while playing together on a scoring-line in MoDo along with Czech national-team veteran Jan Alinc, and they’re not doing a bad job if you look at their stats. Daniel has two goals and five assists and is a plus five in nine games played, and Henrik has scored once, assisted on three and is a plus six in nine games.

These are very good numbers for two 18-year olds in a defensive- minded league, and their stock for the draft cannot possibly have been hurt by the fine start to the season that the Sedin’s have had. All the skills are in place, they both have very good vision and they can pass the puck excellently. They also seem to fully grasp the team-concept and they have already learned how to play defensive hockey.

There’s one thing lacking though, something you could immediately see in Peter Forsberg when he entered the Elitserien as a 17-year old : The will to win at all costs, the emotion.
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