Islanders Summer Report Card: Andrew MacDonald

By Eric Bordin


Student Report

  • Name : Andrew Macdonald
  • Evaluation Year: 2013
  • Age: 26
  • Undergraduate: 2009
  • Days Absent: 0
  • Scholarship: Signed thru 2014 at $550k per year
  • Achievements: 48 GP, 3 G, 9 A, 12 PTS,  20 PIM

Class List & Grade History

  • Skating: B-
  • Shooting: C
  • Passing: B
  • Defense: B+
  • Leadership: B

Professor Comments:

Despite being only a 6th round pick in 2006, Andrew MacDonald has been a steady blue line force for the Islanders. He has been everything the Islanders could have asked for. His salary of $550,000 does not do him justice and he is likely to earn a nice raise after next season. He played in every single one of the Islanders 48 regular season games.  MacDonald also played in 4 of the 6 Islanders playoff games until he was sidelined with a broken hand during Game 4.

He is the solid defensive presence that teams are always looking for. Is he flashy? No. Is he an offensive force? No. But he is a solid D-Man who at 26 is a veteran presence on an Isles team with an iffy defense. In the coming years, with the departure of Mark Streit and assuming he re-signs, he will be counted on to anchor a young defense that was built mostly through the draft.

He is never going to be the guy who gives you 20 goals and 25 assists. What he can do is provide leadership and be the Islanders’ defensive everything. You could clearly see how much the Islanders missed him when he was out of the lineup the last 2 games. If there was mark for heart and resilience, he would earn an A. It’s so great to see a player who clearly loves the game and loves being an Islanders. At 6’1″, 188, he’s not the biggest player, but he plays with huge heart and that speaks volumes about his character.

Professor’s Recommendation:

This is a contract year for MacDonald and I expect to see even greater things. He should be healed from his broken hand very shortly and be fine for training camp. I am assuming the Islanders will lock him up over the coming weeks, or during the regular season, before the trading deadline. He is due for a nice raise, and let’s be honest, that won’t be an issue with the Islanders’ cap space. I would say a 5 year deal for $7.5M would be a good deal for him. He is a solid defenseman, who clearly means a great deal to this team, and I look forward to him being an Islander for years to come.

Let us know what you think about Andy Macdonald in the poll below. Should we keep Andy and give him a new deal? Or should we vote him off the Island?