Penguins Recall Forward Colin McDonald from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Colin McDonald from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
McDonald, 27, appeared in two games with Pittsburgh earlier this season, going scoreless with a plus-1 rating while averaging 8:38 minutes.
McDonald leads WBS in assists (26), points (38) and rating (+13) while appearing in 41 AHL games. His 26 assists have already established a career high, eclipsing his previous high of 16 set last year while playing for Oklahoma City.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound winger represented the Penguins on Monday night in the AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. – his second straight AHL All-Star appearance. McDonald tallied one assist in the game as a member of the Eastern Conference squad which suffered an 8-7 shootout defeat to the West.
A native of Hartford, Conn., McDonald was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. McDonald has appeared in four career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Edmonton, scoring one goal.
McDonald has spent the majority of his five-year career in the AHL, playing for Springfield and Oklahoma City before joining WBS at the beginning of this season. Last year, McDonald scored an AHL-best 42 goals and 58 points in 80 games with Oklahoma City.
McDonald played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Providence from 2003-07. In 135 career games with the Friars, McDonald posted 43 goals and 77 points.
McDonald’s father, Gerry, played eight NHL games for the Hartford Whalers between 1981-84.