PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Calgary Flames announced today that with the 34th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they have selected goaltender Mason McDonald from the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
After playing 26 games as a 16-year-old for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2012-13, McDonald split the 2013-14 campaign with the Titan and Islanders after a midseason trade sent him to Charlottetown. He finished the season with a combined eight wins, posting a 3.44 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound goalie finished No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2014 Draft.
At the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, McDonald backstopped Team Canada to a third-place finish, highlighted by a 38-save performance in the team’s 3-1 win over Sweden in the bronze-medal game. He led all goaltenders with a .930 save percentage and finished second with a 1.94 goals-against average en route to being named the tournament’s Top Goaltender.
He played in four of five games for Team Atlantic at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, including a 31-save showing versus Slovakia in the team’s only win. He also was part of Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.
In 2011-12, McDonald posted a 14-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .916 save percentage with the Halifax Titans as his team won the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League championship.