The Islanders have recalled forward Colin McDonald from Bridgeport on emergency basis. This recall doesn’t come as much of a surprise as the Isles had been playing with 12 forwards in their past two games due to both Kyle Okposo and Eric Boulton being placed on the injured reserve earlier in the week. Interesting to note here is that the Islanders may have lost fourth line center Casey Cizikas to injury last night, which may be the reason for the recall but their hasn’t been an official release on his injury yet.
McDonald cleared waivers on October 23rd in order to make room on the roster for Anders Lee who has played great for the team thus far. McDonald had participated in just two games this season and didn’t record a point before being demoted to Bridgeport, a move that was somewhat performance based but mostly numbers based. But since being demoted to Bridgeport, the former Isles fourth liner has seemingly upped his game, recording 14 goals and 20 assists over 38 games for the Sound Tigers.
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Colin is a fan favorite with most Islanders fans because he is a great guy and also a journeyman type player. McDonald was drafted in the second round by the Edmonton Oilers in 2003 and had played just seven NHL games up until the Islanders signed him to a two way contract in 2012. He was a big player on the Islanders fourth line which was a table-setter for the teams run to the playoffs in the lockout shortened season. That season was his most impactful, by far, as a pro. McDonald potted seven goals and recorded 10 assists in 45 games and scored two goals in the playoffs, including this one:
Who else said “Wow. Keith Aucoin.”
Anyway will we see McDonald play a game here for the Islanders? Maybe, maybe not, but I think that Isles fans can only hope he gets a chance to play and makes the most of it because every Islander fan roots for Colin McDonald.