Cameron Macdonald

Cameron MacdonaldSelects Academy U15T1EHL U15LF6’1″190Saint John Sea Dogs | 2020Hammonds Plains, NS2020-2021: B+

QMJHL: Saint John vs Moncton, 11/10/2020 (Ian Moran): In all honesty, Cam played like an NHL center / power forward today. He was on the ice for important defensive zone draws and he was winning them. He was very responsible defensively and it looked like defending from the net out is something that he does very naturally. He was powerful along the walls pinching off the cycle quickly and his hand strength was obvious on 50/50 pucks. In the offensive zone Cam showed that he has the ability to spin off of contact as the puck carrier and we liked his quick release. He might have fired a few from awkward angles, but to me he was shooting with the purpose of creating chaos and rebounds. I liked his game. On a team that can really run and gun, Cam showed a very high IQ and the ability to process defensives situations quickly.

QMJHL: St. John at Charlottetown, October 2020: MacDonald looked like a versatile forward who can fill a number of roles up front. He’s already quite effective in the defensive zone, using good wheels and a long reach to keep the play away from the Sea Dogs’ slot and crease. However, he didn’t push the play offensively in this one, and failed to create much offensive pressure in the Islanders’ zone. Grade: C+

USHL: Sioux Falls Stampede NHL Prospects, February 2020: Cameron is not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2021. He is a big bodied center that can skate north and south. After a slow start to the season, he is starting to pick up his production and take on a lot of responsibility in terms of being a 16-year-old playing down the middle. Below the dots he was able to protect pucks and use his body to relieve pressure. He can handle the puck and has some skill. His playing time got cut down late due to a close game and his team fighting for a playoff spot. As his confidence gets ramped up late this season or next fall, he should be a prospect that we continue write about for the 2021 Draft. GAME LINE: 0-0-0 (0 SOG) GAME GRADE: C+

World Selects Invite 2003 Division, June 2019: Cameron is an absolute GAMER. He wants the puck on his stick when the stakes are high. He has a tall, lanky figure, but plays a bigger game than he looks. He does a little bit of everything- throws his body around, dangles around d-men for goals, takes the hit to make a play to a linemate. Constantly one of, if not the most skilled player in every game. Uses his slick hands all over the ice and doesn’t panic with the puck. Does what it takes to win- plays a responsible defensive game on top of producing offense. His long reach and high level of skill allows him to get by defenders whether its dangling them or out-muscling them. Arguably the best uncommitted forward in North America. 

USA Hockey Nationals U15, April 2019: Cam was the best player here this weekend. He scored four goals and assisted on several other in the games we watched. He is a long, athletic power center that plays a complete game in each zone. Has a quick first step to get away from pressure. He has a long reach and uses his body well to protect the puck. He has slick hands and can pull the puck by most defenders. He was effective off the line rush, he was effective off-the-cycle, he was effective in transition through the neutral zone. He can break defenders down by stick handling inside their feet or using his reach to put the puck around them. He has a heavy shot with a quick release which he shoots in stride. Was a threat to score each time on the ice. Also showed some snarl and competed hard all over the ice. Grade: A

USHL Fall Classic U15s, October 2018: Cam was a man among boys here. Had his way in tough areas played with some snarl and showed excellent touch around the net. He can finish in tight. Smooth skater who got to the net an used his reach and speed to beat defenders. He is only going to get faster and stronger and he was perhaps the fastest and strongest player here. High ceiling and big schools should be on him already. Rank: A+

BCMMHL Showcase, January 2018: On the offensive highflying hawks team MacDonald was more aware and focused defensively. He was a different skater, being bent over more. However, he gets where he needs to be. He is very aware what is happening around him, giving him the ability to create odd man rushes for his team and defend it as well. Nice compliment to this Hawks team. Needs to work on his skating to play well at the next level.

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