Kenndal McArdle

Kenndal McArdle


Burnaby British Columbia

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Trade with Florida, 2011


205 lbs.

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2003-04: McArdle played his first full season with Moose Jaw in the WHL after appearing in two games in 2002-03. he scored 8 goals with 8 assists and was -1 with 57 PIM in 54 games for the Warriors. He played well for Moose Jaw in the playoffs as the Warriors swept Regina before falling to Red Deer in the second round. In ten playoff games, McArdle scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +4 with 6 PIM.

2004-05: The hardworking Vancouver fit in well in small town Saskatchewan and was a fan favorite for both his on-ice play and off-ice commitment to the community. In his second WHL season. McArdle was Moose Jaw’s leading scorer with 37 goals and 37 assists and was -4 with 122 PIM. McArdle was particularly effective on the power play, scoring 17 times. McArdle was a leader inside the Warriors dressing room, especially after the club made a head coaching change after a horrid start to the season. The Warriors, despite being in last place at Christmas, rallied to earn a playoff spot. McArdle scored one power play goal with 16 PIM and was -7 in Moose Jaw’s five-game playoff series with Brandon. McArdle appeared in the CHL’s Top Prospect game and was one of 44 players invited to the Canadian Junior Development Camp.

2005-06: McArdle averaged nearly a point per game with 28 goals and 43 assists in 72 games in his third season with the Warriors. McArdle was fourth on the team in scoring and led Moose Jaw with 135 PIM. McArdle had 6 goals and 10 assists and was +1 with 43 PIM in 22 playoff games as Moose Jaw reached the WHL Finals.

December 2005 feature on McArdle.

2006-07: McArdle started the season with Moose Jaw before being traded to his hometown Vancouver Giants (WHL) in late November. McArdle scored 10 goals with 10 assists in 26 games with Moose Jaw before the trade. For the season, he finished with 19 goals and 23 assists and was -3 with 129 PIM in 63 regular season games between the two clubs. In the WHL playoffs, McArdle scored 11 goals with 9 assists and was +14 with 49 PIM in 22 games as the Giants reached the WHL finals and faced Medicine Hat in an epic seven-game series that was decided in OT in the final game. McArdle played for Team Canada at the WJC playing in six games in a checking line role for the gold medal-winning team.

2007-08: McArdle began his first professional season with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate in Rochester and things got off to a rocky start as he suffered a broken jaw in a fight earlier in the season. McArdle scored 5 goals with 5 assists in 36 games with the Americans and completed the season in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades. McArdle scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 26 PIM in six regular season games with the Everblades. He played in three ECHL playoff games and was scoreless with 2 PIM and a -3 plus/minus.

2008-09: McArdle seems to have embraced the role of hard-working, energy line forward in the Panthers’ organization after being a goal scorer at the junior level. Though he spent the bulk of the season with Rochester, his hard work earned him his first NHL call-up. McArdle appeared in three games with the Panthers in early December before being returned to Rochester. He scored 12 goals with 12 assists and was -4 with 79 PIM in 58 games for the Amerks and was scoreless and -1 with 2 PIM in his limited ice time with the Panthers.

2009-10: McArdle opened the season with the Panthers and was seeing significant ice time in an energy line role before a shoulder injury sidelined him in late November. He returned for three games but spent the end of the season with Rochester. he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -4 with 29 PIM in 19 games for the Panthers and scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +4 with 63 PIM in 18 games for Rochester. McArdle signed a one-year/two-way contract with the Panthers.

2010-11: McArdle again showed little in an 11 game stint with the Panthers, failing to record a point and finishing his time with a minus three rating. The big winger spent most of his season with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, scoring 14 goals in 54 games and spending 106 minutes in the penalty box.

Talent Analysis

McArdle was a consistent scorer in junior hockey but has been used strictly as an energy line player thus far at the NHL level. His work ethic and toughness have earned him the respect of teammates and coaches but he has not developed the offensive side of his game that he had at the lower levels. He is an effective forechecker due to his speed and size. His shoulder injury set him back last season and is a source of concern for a player whose game is predicated on physical play. His character and work ethic make him a positive presence in the locker room.

Traded to Winnipeg over the summer, McArdle was swapped for 2007 first round bust Angelo Esposito, a move which gave the Jets at least a useful AHL player. About to finish his status as a prospect, McArdle remained with the Jets after training camp but is on the brink of becoming a career AHL player.