2008-09: Patrick McNally skated for the Suffolk (NY) PAL in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League and scored 25 goals with 41 assists and 72 PMs in 52 games.
2009-10: McNally played for Milton Academy in Massachusetts. In 28 games, McNally scored 14 goals and added 21 assists for 35 points. McNally was named to the All New England First Team, and was voted Prep Defenseman of the Year by U.S. Hockey Report.
2010-11: McNally was a team captain at Milton Academy as the team won the New England Prep league championship.
2011-12: McNally burst onto the college scene as a freshman – scoring 6 goals with 22 assists in 34 games for Harvard. He was a finalist for the ECAC Rookie of the Year award. His 28 points were second only to Carolina prospect Danny Biega amongst Crimson defensemen. After scuffling to stay above .500 for much of the season, finishing third in ECAC Hockey, Harvard won five of its first six games in the ECAC tournament to advance to the championship game against Union.
2012-13: McNally played seven games for Harvard in his sophomore season before being suspended for the season as part of a university-wide academic scandal. Expected to be one of the leaders for the Crimson, he had 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes. Harvard, after losing McNally and three other players due to the scandal, finished last in ECAC Hockey and lost to Dartmouth in a best-of-three preliminary series in the conference tournament. McNally was re-instated and will skate for Harvard in 2013-14.
2013-14: McNally played in just 20 games for Harvard as a junior after returning to school following his abbreviated sophomore season. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was -5 with 12 penalty minutes. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series.
McNally is an offensively gifted defenseman who reads the ice well and can move the puck with aplomb. He has a knack for finding an open teammate and has good size which he puts to good use while battling in the corners for pucks. McNally's skill set is ideal for running a power play and he is adept at controlling the tempo of the game.
McNally was enjoying a breakout season for Harvard as a senior in 2014-15 before suffering a leg injury in a game against Cornell on January 23rd. That injury kept him out for the rest of the regular season and impacted Harvard's hopes for an ECAC Hockey regular season title. Prior to McNally's the Crimson were one of the nation's top teams — opening the season with an 11-1-2 record in their first 14 games. After a checkered college career McNally's play this season has restored some of the luster to his profile as a prospect. The Canucks retain his rights until August 2015. If he is not signed he would become an unrestricted free agent. Long-term McNally projects as an effective puck moving defenseman who has sharp instincts and reads the play well.