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McDonald making progress

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- After over two months of rehabbing a MCL tear, Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Mason McDonald is back on the ice in his home province of Nova Scotia.

The 19-year-old spoke with The Guardian after an on-ice workout, noting he was easing himself back into skates.

"To be back with my gear on and going pretty hard it feels awesome," he told The Guardian's Jason Malloy. "There's definitely a little bit of caution that I take. It doesn't hurt, but I'm still being careful on the ice, not doing crazy movements, not diving side to side yet."

McDonald, who was the Flames' second round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, suffered the injury in Game 3 of the Charlottetown Islanders first round series against the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

The malady didn't require McDonald to undergo surgery but he did spend time in Calgary afterwards, being evaluated and treated by the Flames medical staff in the early portion of his recovery.

The Halifax product will head to Ontario this weekend to take part in Hockey Canada's Program Of Excellence goaltending camp. He is one of nine U-20 netminders, candidates for Canada’s National Junior Team, who were invited to the annual camp.

The camp includes on and off-ice sessions with instruction from Frédéric Chabot (Hockey Canada), Ryan Cyr (Spokane, WHL), Paul Drew (Charlottetown, QMJHL), Ian Gordon (Seattle, WHL), Mike Rosati (Barrie, OHL), Paul Schonfelder (Ottawa, OHL), Maxime Vaillancourt (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) and Andrew Verner (Peterborough, OHL).

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