Still, MacDonald had three straight WHA Oilers seasons of 34 goals before the team arrived in the NHL and he scored 46 goals. He even played in the 1980 All-Star game (you could write a book about that game btw, with a few chapters on the two incredible legends who were in the game at the very beginning and very end of their careers, and the man who would have been in the heart of his career but at 32 had hung up his skates).
Macdonald was traded to Vancouver with the rights to Lars Gunnar Petterson for Garry Lariviere and Ken Berry, March 10, 1981.
Oilers are playing the Wild tonight, I’m really looking forward to it for several reasons. I suspect the coach is about ready to shuffle the D pairings at some point here as the chaos moments pile up for Souray and Greene. One hopes that Tarnstrom draws in or at least Gilbert and Tarnstrom take on tougher opposition.
Up front, I’m hoping Pouliot can add some offense, if he can add that dimension soon he should be fine, and am also hoping they don’t dress Gagner because of the Boogaard factor. The Horcoff looks to me like he’s ready to roll, Hemsky is moving up the Middleton family depth chart (the very talented RW group who show puck wizardry and enough results to win a major award. Lafleur is at the top of this mountain) and MacT is going to find a way to get Stoll and Torres going which may come at the expense of Nilsson. He needed that line to click because if they don’t his playing time will decrease.
Finally, Cogliano. What a joy. His first NHL season is going to be a fun one to watch and that’s for sure.