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.  

1998 Top Prospects

by pbadmin
With the mid-point of the junior season rapidly approaching, following is an
updated ranking of the players projected to be drafted in the first three
rounds. Our next update will come in early-January, following the World
Junior Championships. The 1998 NHL Draft is June 27, 1998 at Buffalo’s Marine
Midland Arena.

1. Vincent Lecavalier-C-Rimouski--6-3--177
2. Brad Stuart-D-Regina--6-1--200
3. David Legwand-C-Plymouth--6-2--175
4. Manny Malhotra-C-Guelph--6-2--205
5. Patrick DesRochers-G-Sarnia--6-3--200
6. Mathieu Biron-D-Shawinigan--6-2--215
7. Bryan Allen-D-Oshawa--6-3--200
8. Scott Gomez-C-Tri City--5-11--175
9. Michael Henrich-RW-Barrie--6-3--195
10.Dmitri Kalinin-D-Russia--6-0--180
11.Rico Fata-C-London--5-11--200
12.Mikko Jokela-D-Finland--6-1--205
13.Mike Van Ryn-D-Michigan--6-2--185
14.Norm Milley-RW-Sudbury--6-0--190
15.Mark Bell-LW-Ottawa--6-3--175
16.Alex Tanguay-C-Halifax--6-0--175
17.Brent Gauvreau-C-Oshawa--6-2--210
18.Jonathan Cheechoo-RW-Belleville--6-0--190
19.Robyn Regehr-D-Kamloops--6-3--215
20.Kevin Holdridge-D-Plymouth--6-3--200
21.Michael Rupp-LW-Windsor--6-5--215
22.Justin Papineau-C-Belleville--5-11--170
23.Stephen Peat-D-Red Deer--6-3--195
24.Jonathan Girard-D-Laval--5-11--185
25.Bobby Allen-D-Boston College--6-1--205
26.Mathieu Chouinard-G-Shawinigan--6-3--185
27.Milan Kraft-C-Czech.--6-3--180
28.Jake McCracken-G-SS Marie--5-11--160 Read more»

Sabres Prospects at World Junior Championships

by pbadmin
The World Junior Championships are currently being played in Finland and Don
Luce, director of Scouting and player development for the Buffalo Sabres, must
like what he’s seeing from the six Buffalo Sabres prospects.

Mika Noronen, the Finish goalie and Buffalo first round pick in the 1997 entry
draft, has looked very good so far in wins over Canada and Sweden. He did not
play in Finland’s shutout of Germany.

Cory Sarich, the tough western Canadian defensemen was Canada player of the
game in their 4-0 loss to Sweden. He has looked good but his mistake late in
the third period allowed Finland to score the winning goal on Christmas Day.

Both Sabre Russian players, Maxim Afinogenov and Alexie Tezikov, have played
well, though all their statistical information was gained during Russia 12-1
rout of Kazakhstan.

This has been my first change to see or hear from Kamil Piros. From what I’ve
been told he has been rather impressive. He has shown good overall skills and
some very positive offensive display. Hopefully I can track down more
information on him for the future.

Henrik Tallinder from what I can gather is mere window dressing. He hasn’t
made any impression with AIK, and he isn’t making any here either.

Here’s a look at their numbers so far:

Mika Norinen 6-1 191 18 Tappara (Finland) Read more»

Rookie Devil on Fire

by pbadmin
Ever quietly and ever patiently, Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils
is making a strong case for himself as this year’s Calder favorite. The
November Rookie of the Month’s dominant and complete game has earned him
praise from Coach Lemaire, which isn’t easily come by, as well as from
critics around the league. Elias brings youth, speed, passion and loads
of offensive talent that was so desperately needed in NJ, and has
sparked his team to tops in the East in standings and goal scoring. The
young Czech has found success at every level and his rookie season in
the NHL should be no different.

Elias was drafted 51st overall by the Devils at the 1994 Entry Draft
after averaging a point per game with Kladno in his native Czech
Republic. The Devils, in serious need of some scoring punch, where quick
to gamble on the smallish(6’, 175) winger with a nose for the net. Good
thing they did. Patrik was sent to Albany for the ‘95/96 season, where
he had no problem adjusting to the North American style of hockey. He
netted 27 goals and added 36 assists to finish with 63 points in 74
games, along with 83 PIMs. Elias stayed on with the River Rats for the
next season and finished second in team scoring at 57-24-43-67-76
despite missing 22 games to play for the parent club. Patrik shined for
the Devils in the playoffs, in 8 games notching 2 goals and 3 assists as
he made a name for himself as a young rising star, as well as earning a Read more»

Leading Prospects and Rookies for 1998

by pbadmin

For my first article in this series…

Mike Johnson, Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Johnson was never mentioned in any of the “Calder watch”
sections of hockey magazines, and even if some people knew about his
NHL worthy attributes (we’ll get to that in a second), nobody in
their right minds would have expected the Leafs to generate enough
offense to produce a Calder Trophy winner. Prospal, Svejkovsky,
Ohlund, Morozov, Thornton, Samsonov, Rasmussen — those
were the names we heard going into the 97-98 season. Well, as 1998 is
upon us, and Mike Johnson leads all rookie scorers with 24 points in
34 games.

“Wait a minute, Shawn,” I hear some of you saying. “Isn’t Johnson
playing on the top line with Sundin and Korolev? If you put me with
Sundin, I’d score 30 points too!” Well, buddy, I don’t think you
could score with a hooker, but I digress… The reason why Johnson is
on the top line is that he deserves to be there. Coach Murphy has
said he helps give Sundin a little more room to operate out there
with his size (he’s 6’3, 172) and speed. He’s also got good hockey
sense and uses it to play smart, mistake-free hockey out there. You
rarely finding yourself saying, “oh well, rookie mistake” because
Johnson’s play led to a goal against — he sure doesn’t look like a
rookie out there. Johnson also shows an increasing ability to
generate offense. The other day against Phoenix, I saw him in on a Read more»

Names to Remember

by pbadmin

Mike Pandolfo

C, 6-3, 235, 18 years old, Burlington, MA

St. Sebastian’s(USHS) n/a

Following in older brother Jay’s footsteps, a standout at Boston
University and now playing for the Devils, Mike Pandolfo has signed a
letter intent with BU after a stellar season in Massachusetts’ top
high school league, the ISL. Because of his growing reputation as one
of the top young power forwards in the country, he’s been heralded as
the next Keith Tkachuk. But there are other reasons for that
comparison; both were considered poor skaters in high school, lacking
the quickness, mobility and speed that it would take to find success
at the next level. But Pandolfo is so skilled in other areas, such as
having terrifically hard wrist and slap shots, nice soft hands and the
ability to be an immovable crease monkey, that make the risk well
worth it. What scouts also love about Pandolfo is that he uses that
big frame to his advantage, making opponents part of the boards or
just a spot in the ice with his booming checks. Pandolfo was the 4th
rated skater on the USHockey Report’s New England-New York area
skaters ranked for NCAA Division 1 potential.

Brooks Orpik

D, 6-3, 190, 18 years old, Amherst, NY

Thayer Academy(USHS) 20-4-1-5

Orpik, one of the top young American defensemen, was trying to decide
where to play this past season, as well as this fall. He attended a Read more»