Michael Sdao
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Michael Sdao

Hometown:

Bloomington Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-04-03

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

7th round (191st overall), 2009

Weight:

221 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Michael Sdao spent his second season with USHL Lincoln. In 51 games with the Western Division regular season champions he led the team in penalty minutes (162) and was an even plus/minus with 3 goals and 7 assists. Sdao committed to playing college hockey at Princeton in 2009-10.

2009-10: Sdao appeared in 30 of 31 games as a freshman for Princeton. Pressed into duty earlier than expected due to several injuries among the Tigers' upperclassmen, Sdao scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -4 with a team-leading 48 PMs.

2010-11: Sdao skated in 27 of 32 games for Princeton as a sophomore – missing time due to a nagging injury that required off-season surgery. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -1 with a team-high 65 PMs. Princeton, after getting off to a 9-4-1 start, struggled in February and March and was upset in the ECAC Hockey tournament by 11th-place St. Lawrence.

2011-12: Sdao assumed a leadership role for Princeton University as a junior on a young Tigers team that had just four seniors. Skating in 30 of 32 games, he had career-highs in goals (10) and assists (10) while leading the Tigers in penalty minutes (87 – also a career-high) for the third straight season. He was named to the ECAC Second All-Star team as Princeton finished 9-16-7 under first-year coach Bob Prier and was in eleventh place in the ECAC Hockey league.

2012-13: Sdao signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa in March of 2013 following his senior season at Princeton and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL's Binghamton Senators. In 12 AHL games he scored 1 goal and was +4 with 23 penalty minutes. The Senators were second in the East Division and had the AHL's fourth-best record before being swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round series. Sdao was a healthy scratch in the playoffs. He was Princeton's fourth-leading scorer and led Tigers defensemen in points and penalty minutes. The lone defensemen to play in all 31 games, he scored 8 goals with 7 assists and was +2 with 36 penalty minutes. Princeton finished tied for seventh in ECAC Hockey but was swept at home by Cornell in a season-ending first round playoff series.

 

Talent Analysis

Physical, stay at home defenseman. Acts as an enforcer. Could be moved to wing as a pro.

 

Future

Sdao is in his first full pro season, in which he is playing for the AHL's Binghamton Senators during the 2013-14 season.

 

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