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.  


Thunder Bay Flyers Make Playoffs

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The Thunder Bay Flyers have made the United States Hockey League playoffs for the first time in four years. The Flyers qualified with a 5-2 win over the West Division leading Omaha Lancers. Thunder Bay jumped out to a 3-0 second period lead on goals by Chris Shaffer, Derrick McIver and Jeff Miles. But the Lancers stormed back with two of their own by Jason Jaworski and Jed Ortmeyer.

The Flyers increased the lead back to two goals as Aaron MacKenzie tipped in Mike Tilson’s point shot in the third period. Derrick McIver scored his second of the night on the empty net to send Thunder Bay back to the playoffs. The Flyers once again received strong goaltending from Cory MaEachran who made 43 saves in the win.

The Flyers sit in sixth place but could drop to seventh on the out come of Sunday nights games. The Flyers will either play the Lancers or the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL Quarter-Finals. The post season will start early next week. Stay tuned to Hockey’s Future for Flyers Updates.

Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

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POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Mike Ribeiro C 5-10 167 20 D-Mtl98 (2/45)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 69 67 100 167 +52 137 24 8
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
Playing with Rouyn-Noranda, the QMJHL’s top offensive team, Ribeiro was on fire the entire season. He averaged 2.42 points per game and won the CHL scoring race by an astonishing 32 points. His +52 was a product of his great offensive skills, while his 8 short handed goals testified to his intelligence and ability to create offense in almost any situation. Which is why he was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the week 3 times. His penalty minutes have more than doubled compared to last year, an indication that he drew much more attention from his opponents, but did not back down.

Ribeiro finished the season with his 100th assist in a 6-2 win over Val D’or.(end of regular season)

Projection at NHL level- Second line center.
Current Stock Status- On the rise.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Eric Chouinard C 6-4 192 18 D-Mtl98 (1/16)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 62 50 59 109 +36 56 15 7
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Natural scorer.
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size. Read more»

The Surprising Sharks Trio

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Last year, the rookie trio of Patrick Marleau, Andrei Zyuzin and Marco Sturm raised a lot of eyebrows. Marleau was/is thought of as one of the best young centers in the league, Zyuzin was coming along on defense, and Sturm surprised everyone with his exceptional play. This article however, will cover another trio of rookies; none of who were first round picks, in fact, the highest was chosen in the 6th round, and two were never drafted… I am of course speaking of forward Alexander Korolyuk, and defensemen Shawn Heins and Andy Sutton. (Note: Scott Hannan played in 5 games for the Sharks, but was sent to his Junior club in Kelowna. I will not include him in this report, since he is not available for the Sharks at the current time.)
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AJHL Division Finals Preview

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SERIES ‘G’ Olds Grizzlys (28-30-4) vs Calgary Canucks (50-8-4)
Season series (Canucks won 6-2): Canucks 6 at Grizzlys 4; Grizzlys 3 at Canucks 8; Grizzlys 2 at Canucks 11; Olds 6 at Canucks 3; Grizzlys 3 at Canucks 1; Canucks 4 at Grizzlys 3; Grizzlys 4 at Canucks 8; Canucks 9 at Grizzlys 4
Olds’ Last Round (Olds won 4-2): Olds 7 at Royals 6; Royals 7 at Olds 8 (OT); Olds 3 at Royals 7; Royals 6 at Olds 5 (OT); Olds 4 at Royals 3; Royals 2 at Olds 6

Canucks’ Last Round (Canucks won 4-0): Camrose 0 at Canucks 5; Canucks 4 at Camrose 3; Camrose 1 at Canucks 3; Canucks 5 at Camrose 1

Olds players to watch: F Dana Lattery had 69 points and 224 PIM in 48 games, F Ryan Melbourne and F Joel MacAuley were 2-3 in team scoring but only combined for 12 PIM in 123 games. However, although Lattery has been a premiere performer in the playoffs thus far – leading the league with 13 points – Melbourne and MacAuley have been relatively quiet with nine and six points respectively. Two players who have done very well this post-season are Colen Pappas (10 points) and Greg Davis (7 goals).
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AJHL Quarter Finals (March 18th)

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Fort Saskatchewan 1 at Lloydminster 4 (Blazers win 4-3)
The Lloydminster Blazers came back from being down 3-2 in the AJHL best-of-seven quarterfinal to beat the Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-3. On this night, home ice advantage would come in to play as almost 2000 fans cheered the home side on to victory.
Lloydminster’s Travis Barnes opened the scoring with four minutes remaining in the first period as he took a Mark Hallam pass and netted his second of the playoffs. Fort Saskatchewan’s Nick Boucher has been phenomenal throughout the series and was again in the first period tonight stopping 17 of 18.

With about four minutes left in the second period, Hallam scored one of his own – his third of the post-season – assisted by Paul Esdale to give the Blazers a more-comfortable 2-0 lead. Lloyd blew it wide open with just over a minute left as Barnes scores his second of the game, third of the playoffs to give his club a commanding 3-0 lead. Hallam assisted on the goal, his third point of the game. Boucher was very good again this period, stopping 13 shots.

Early on in the final frame Trevor Baker gave the Traders some life as he made the score 3-1. This would be Ray Fraser’s period to shine, however, as the Lloydminster goaltender stopped 14 of 15 shots directed at him. Mark Hallam scored a powerplay goal with about nine minutes remaining to ice the game and 4-1 was how it would end.

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