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McDonald Finds Home On Long Island

Islanders Forward Inks Two-Year Extension

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 6:17 PM / News
By Greg Picker
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McDonald Finds Home On Long Island

When Colin McDonald became a free agent in July 2012, he wasn’t quite sure where his career was headed. Nine years after being drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, McDonald had only played in seven NHL games, while amassing 374 games in the American Hockey League.

Now 24 games into his Islanders career, McDonald’s hard work has finally paid off, as he’s been rewarded with a two-year, one-way contract extension.

“I just think this is the right situation for me,” McDonald said. “From everything the organization told me last summer as far as the opportunity I would get and what they expected from me, they’ve followed through with everything.”

The 6’1, 210-lb forward was asked to bring energy to the squad. Through the first half of the season, McDonald has tallied four goals and six assists, while finding a niche on a line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.

“My line takes pride in being those guys that will play physical and will get pucks in,” McDonald said. “Whether we play eight minutes or 12 minutes, the coaches and our teammates know they’re going to get everything we have for each shift.”

With the lockout delaying the start of the NHL season until January, McDonald was on full-display for the Islanders coaching staff for 35 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It only took two months in Bridgeport for the Wethersfield, CT, native to be named team captain.

“Colin brings energy and physicality every night,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “His line plays within our framework and has been able to chip in offensively as well.”

To get some sense of security is a nice change of pace for me. I know where I’m going to be. - Colin McDonald

McDonald started his professional career with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL in 2007 after four years at Providence College. He sees the extension as the beginning of a new chapter in his career.

“Now this is just the start to try and make a name for myself in this league,” McDonald said. “I hope I can be in this organization for more than just two years.”

He continued, “to get some sense of security is a nice change of pace for me. I know where I’m going to be. I know the city. I’m getting to know the fans and obviously I know the guys and coaches. When you have relationships with people, you don’t want to leave good people and that’s what I would have been doing if I decided to not take this deal and to wait around until July 1st.”

His NHL future now secure, the 28-year old is ready to help the Islanders during the playoff push.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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