Colin McDonald’s new contract is an AHL level deal. His AHL resume (and cup of coffee in the show) weren’t enough to warrant a two-way deal and we should assume no other NHL team was offering anything more attractive.
In a very real way, the Oilers have said goodbye to the 2003 entry draft. The architect of that draft (Kevin Prendergast) has left the building and his three highest picks that day (Pouliot, McDonald and Jacques) are role players, journeymen or minor leaguers. The Oilers did find useful pieces later in the draft (Stortini, Brodziak) but missed the mark on an exceptional draft year. The peak of McDonald’s career is likely to be this:
- 2009/11/29: Colin McDonald netted his first NHL goal in Saturday’s 7-3 loss to Vancouver. He made his professional debut on Friday night versus the Sharks in a 5-4 shootout loss. McDonald has been playing on the Oilers’ fourth line with Ryan O’Marra and Zack Stortini. (Source: Edmonton Sun)
The Barons are getting some nice things from the free agent wire lately. Ben Ondrus is a big AHL winger, Jake Taylor a solid minor league defenseman, plus the club has added real skill in Brad Moran and Alexandre Giroux. It is reasonable to assume we’ll be hearing about a minor league goaltender being signed as well, although they could pluck someone from Europe.
There seems to be some coverage for the Barons in Okla City.
At the big league level, Ryan Rishaug has mentioned the Oilers are talking to Arron Asham. He’s a mid-level free agent, but would improve the Oilers retrieval and board-work the moment he signed a contract.