McDonald second-ranked North American goalie for NHL Draft

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Mason McDonald, of the Charlottetown Islanders, is the second-ranked North American goalie for this year’s NHL Draft.

The NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings Tuesday morning.

The draft will be held June 27 and 28 in Philadelphia.

McDonald, who turns 18 on April 23, was acquired in a December trade from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He went 5-10 with a 3.35 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage in the regular season with the Islanders. He started all four playoff games with the Halifax Mooseheads and is currently in training camp with the national under-18 team.

Islanders centre Alexandre Goulet (26 goals, 22 assists in 66 games) was ranked 65 among North American skaters while six-foot-one, 182-pound defenceman Kevin Laliberte (13 assists in 67 games) was 175.

Former Islanders left-winger Alexis Pépin was ranked 110 while former P.E.I. Rocket Louick Marcotte, who went undrafted last year, is ranked 198.

Kingston centre Sam Bennett was the top ranked North American skater followed by Barrie defenceman Aaron Ekblad and Kootenay centre Sam Reinhart.

Halifax’s Nikolaj Ehlers was ranked 13 while Moncton’s Ivan Barbashev was 18.

Organizations: North American, Islanders, NHL Central Scouting

Geographic location: Philadephia, Moncton

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