Born: September 7, 1986 – Judique, Nova Scotia
2006-07 Team: Moncton (QMJHL)
Acquired: Selected in the sixth round (160th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. 2006-07 Overview
MacDonald had a standout final season with Moncton of the QMJHL. As one of the alternate captains, MacDonald finished second on the team’s defense corps and eighth in the league with 58 points, including 44 assists, in 65 games. MacDonald’s outstanding effort during the regular season earned him QMJHL First Team Honors.
In the postseason, Moncton was upset in the first round by Halifax in seven games. MacDonald led the offensive charge from the blueline, compiling a goal and five assists as well as a +4 rating.
Following his final game at the junior level, MacDonald skated in three games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for his first taste of pro hockey during the regular season.
Prior to the start of last season, head coach Ted Nolan had enough confidence in MacDonald to play him in an exhibition game against Boston at the Moncton Coliseum. MacDonald and the Islanders coaching staff, who had previously coached Moncton, were greeted to a stirring ovation from the hometown crowd. MacDonald earned an assist in the game on a perfect head-manned feed to Shawn Bates.What They're Saying...
Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting, Ryan Jankowski: "Andrew is what we call a late developer, which in the end makes no difference once a player reaches the highest level. He has taken large strides in the last two years of hockey and his game has improved each step of the way."Before He Was an Islander
MacDonald spent the past two seasons playing for Moncton. During the 2005-06 season, he played under Nolan, who was a major influence behind MacDonald being drafted by the Islanders in 2006. MacDonald placed third on the team among defensemen with 46 points, including 40 assists and was a +22 in 68 games in his first season with Moncton.
That same season, MacDonald was part of a Moncton team that won the Presidents Cup as the playoff champions of the QMJHL. Moncton then went all the way to the Memorial Cup Championship before losing to Quebec, whom they had defeated in the finals of the Presidents Cup. MacDonald ranked second on the team’s defense and sixth in the league with 13 playoff points in 21 games. He finished the postseason with a +9 rating.What's Next?
After signing with the Islanders in the off-season, MacDonald, along with fellow Islanders draft pick Dustin Kohn, is expected to join the Bridgeport blueline for his first full season with the Sound Tigers,
"Coming into pro hockey Andrew still has to add strength and weight while adjusting to the next level of hockey," said Jankowski. "Andrew does the finer points of the game very well which will ease his transition to pro hockey."Newyorkislanders.com PROJECTion
Considering MacDonald was a late bloomer, not until recently was he pegged as a potential NHLer. MacDonald has strong skating skills and an effective first-pass, which could make him an offensive up-side on the blueline in the NHL one day.
If he can develop the physical part of his game, he has the potential for being a top-six NHL defenseman with a place on the power play, after a few productive seasons in the AHL.Stats
|2003-2004 ||Truro MJAHL ||50 ||8 ||20 ||28 ||43 |
|2004-2005 ||Truro MJAHL ||56 ||11 ||22 ||33 ||60 |
|2005-2006 ||Moncton QMJHL ||68 ||6 ||40 ||46 ||62 |
|2006-2007 ||Moncton QMJHL ||65 ||14 ||44 ||58 ||81 |
|2006-2007 ||Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL ||3 ||0 ||0 ||0 ||0 |
|2003-2004 ||Truro MJAHL ||10 ||0 ||0 ||0 || |
|2004-2005 ||Truro MJAHL ||17 ||6 ||7 ||13 || |
|2005-2006 ||Moncton QMJHL ||21 ||2 ||11 ||13 ||10 |
|2006-2007 ||Moncton QMJHL ||7 ||7 ||5 ||6 ||4 |