Daren Machesney

Daren Machesney


Hamilton Ontario

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Machesney hails from Lambeth, Ontario completed his first full season with the Battalion after appearing in just five games during the 2003-04 campaign. This past season Machesney split playing time right down the middle with teammate Kevin Couture right up until the playoffs when the former became the clear-cut starter. In 38 regular season games Machesney was slightly over .500 and held onto a respectable 2.74 goals against average and .917 save percentage. In the playoff series against Sudbury, Machesney was able to sustain his regular season stats but it wasn’t enough for his team to down the Wolves.

Machesney was the only OHL goalie to appear at the Top Prospects game but it wasn’t a memorable performance for Brampton’s puck stopper. Machesney was beaten five times on just 17 shots in slightly more than 30 minutes of action for Team Davidson in their lopsided 8-4 loss to Team Cherry.

5th round (143rd overall), 2005

2005-06: In 49 games for Brampton (OHL), Machesney posted three shutouts and a .908 save percentage on the season. He recorded back-to-back shutouts on Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 and was awarded OHL Player of the Week and CHL Goaltender of the Week honors. He was named the OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 8 after allowing just one goal in two wins. He continued playing strong into the 2006 half of the season by setting a club record with eight straight wins in February and March. He played in 11 playoff games, posting a 3.03 GAA.

2006-07: Serving as the backup goaltender on three occasions for the Capitals, Machesney did not see any NHL action during the 2006-07 season. He backstopped South Carolina (ECHL) in 15 games and an additional 10 for Hershey (AHL). He posted a 5-8-2 record with South Carolina and was 3-3-1 with Hershey. Stopping 34 shots for the Bears, Machesney helped seal a 5-2 win against Providence on Dec. 31. He went 3-1-1 to end the season in South Carolina, which included 39 saves in a 5-1 season-ending win against Texas on Apr. 7.

2007-08: Machesney spent his first full season between the pipes at the AHL level, posting 22 wins for Hershey. He ranked fourth among rookie AHL goaltenders in wins, third in save percentage (.916) and fifth in GAA (2.55), all the while leading Hershey in wins, save percentage, GAA and shutouts (one). In Hershey’s first game of the season on Nov. 2, Machesney posted a 36-save shutout at Albany. He Went 9-2-1 with a 2.03 GAA and a .930 save percentage through Dec. 31. He recorded four winning streaks of at least three, including a four-game winning streak from Jan. 26 – Feb. 10. He also had two games where he recorded a season-high 38 saves, each game a victory.

Talent Analysis

A technically sound goalie with great reflexes and lateral quickness.