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.  

Five Swedish NHL-Prospects Centre Of Controversy

by Peter Westermark

Five swedish junior players – Christian Berglund, Jonas Elofsson and Mikael Holmkvist of Färjestad and the Sedin-twins of MoDo – are finding themselves caught in the middle of a controversy which has lost all proportions.

In mid-june, the five above-mentioned players were selected for a junior-torunament with Sweden’s National Junior Team in Lake Placid and all of them accepted. But, a couple of weeks ago they made a U-Turn and said that they wouldn’t play. Their decision was made after the coaches of their respective clubs had talked to them and said that they needed them for pre-season games which they would miss if they accepted the invitation to play for the national team.

When the coaches spoke to these five players they said something along the lines of “We want you to play all pre-season games, because we feel that you should get the chance to earn yourself a spot as a regular on the team this season”, which could be interpreted as “if you leave you’ll sit on the bench when you get home”. Since neither of these players had been regulars on their team last season, and crucial years of their development are coming up, they felt that they should stay in Sweden and play the pre-season games.
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Sabres Top 10 Prospects: Dipping into a deep pool of talent

by Ken McKenna

The Lindros family is whining about Eric’s contract, while Dominik Hasek wrapped his sports car around an elm tree, so that can mean only one thing: NHL training camps will soon be opening!

The Buffalo Sabres will begin their formal training camp in Austria on 9/13, with select rookies and prospects travelling to Kitchener, ON for a rookie camp prior to the trip to Austria. With the opening of camp only days away, I thought it would be a good time to offer up my thoughts on the players I consider to be the top 10 prospects in the Sabre organization.

Before listing these 10 players, these are the criteria I used to decide what qualifies a player for prospect status (as opposed to veteran or has-been): · the player must have played in less than 82 NHL games, i.e. a full seasons’ worth of games · the player must be 23 or younger With regard to the game requirement, I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of drafted players that make it to the NHL complete 82 NHL games somewhere between 2-4 years after being drafted. This would put most prospects in the 22-23-age range, which is where my age criteria come into play. Basically, if a player hasn’t had much NHL experience by the time he reaches the age of 23, his chances of making it in the NHL are not very good. There are exceptions, of course, but generally speaking the rule of 23 holds true in most cases.
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Bruin Report: Neely comeback could tamper with prospect plans

by pbadmin

With Cam Neely possibly making a comeback, this could leave some Bruin prospects out in the cold.

Neely is not likely to make a comeback this season, but if he does it probably would be next season. This would leave a lot of prospects wondering about their futures. Names like Cameron Mann, Randy Robitaille, and Shawn Bates would have to make a huge impact this season if they hope to get a spot on the Boston roster. To fill Neely’s shoes, it would probably take all three of those players; but if he makes a return, likely only one will make the big club and the rest will either sign with other teams or play in Providence.

Cameron Mann looks to be the brightest light of those 3, but don’t leave out Bates, Robitaille, and Joel Prpic. Many scouts are wondering whether Prpic has NHL potential but others claim he has a lot. Bates, who starred at Boston University definitely has NHL potential and Robitaille appears to be close as well. Robitaille was injured in his first game with Boston back in March 1997; he was out for the remainder of the season. He played the 1997-98 campaign in Providence where he was one of the bright spots in what was a dim season.
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Whalers’ 1998-99 Outlook – Steady As She Goes

by pbadmin

The Plymouth Whalers’ opening preseason game September 6th in Windsor
prompted a couple of related questions:

Are the Plymouth Whalers really that good? Are the Windsor Spitfires
really that bad?

The Whalers dominated from start to finish in hammering Windsor, 8-4.
Plymouth – playing without regulars Harold Druken, Dave Legwand, Scott
Holsinger, Eric Gooldy, Paul Mara and Adam Colagiacomo – led 3-0 after twenty
minutes, 6-1 after two periods. Plymouth received two goals apiece from
Randy Fitzgerald and Rick Smith, singles from Shaun Fisher, Kris Purdy and
rookies Justin Williams and Damian Surma.

Windsor – playing with most of their regulars in the lineup – looked
dazed and confused much of the steamy afternoon.

Yes, the Spits are that bad. So much so that rumors are already flying
that Windsor general manager/head coach Tony Curtale is in trouble.

And – despite the reality that Plymouth could skate this season without
Legwand and Mara – the Whalers scouting staff has come up with some rookies
who look like they can step in and contribute right away. This means the
Whalers will battle Sarnia and London in the top of the OHL West Division.

Plymouth general manager/head coach Pete DeBoer was asked if he
instructed his scouts to come up with players that met specific needs:

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USHL Preview 98/99–East Division

by pbadmin

Waterloo BlackhawksPLAYERS LOST (8) Division I Scholarships- Matt
Chandler Miami of Ohio University, Mike LaRocca Quinnipiac College, Matt
Murray U of Wisconsin, Phil Osaer Ferris State University, Ben Plester U
of Wisconsin-River Falls,Mike Ritter Mankato State University, Steve
Savre U of Wisconsin-Stout, Kris SwinneyIona College

PLAYERS RETURNING(9) (goals,assits,points PIM) Keith Stanich D 2-6-8
47, Jake Tesar D 0-1-1 123, BJ Stephens F 16-15-31 36, Nick Stipech F
3-7-10 10, Chris Welch F 3-1-4 0, Travis Wood F, Nick Boileau F 10-16-26
10, Ryan Hale F 16-25-41 52, Tom Ogee F 13-18-31 50

NEW PLAYERS(20) (last years team, stats were available) Mike Bujdos D
Great Falls Americans 11-39-50 89, Cullen Flaherty D North Iowa Huskies,
Craig Florkowski D Niagra Scenic 5-7-12 35, Tom Glavin D Canterbury Prep
School 6-12-18, Nate Wright D Alexandria HS, Jeff Rose F Rhode Island
Sharks 7-15-22 78, Derek Seal F Great Northern Sno Devils, Ian
Sgambelluri F Thunder Bay Flyers 11-13024 137, Anthony
Switek F National Academy 90 goals in 70 games over two years, Joe Exter
G Erie Otters 0-4-0, Nate Nomeland G Fargo North HS, Mike Walsh G
Kimball Union Academy 26 games 2.94 gaa, Jeff Adduono F Smith Falls
Jr.A, Brain Canady F Vail AAA 65-44-109,Aaron Davis F Chicago Freeze
25-40-65 91, Rick Kisskeys F Centennial HS, Brain Knaeble F Eden Prairie
HS, Jim Murphy F St.Paul Johnson HS, Rob Plester F Osoyoos
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