Another hot Nova Scotia hockey prospect is hoping to go early in the upcoming NHL draft.
Mason McDonald, 18, enters the draft as the second ranked goalie. He was named top goaltender at the recent World Under-18 Championship.
“I just can't wait to get down to Philadelphia and hear my name called,” he said of the NHL draft in the city at the end of June.
McDonald played his first QMJHL season with Acadie-Bathurst Titan and last season with the Charlottetown Islanders.
Sid, Nate ... Mason?
His goalie coach, Brad MacCharles of Empire Goaltending, puts McDonald in the same category as NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon.
“The fact that we have guys like Sid and Nate and now Mason, it's really exciting,” he said.
“He's ranked number two in North America I believe, or maybe overall, which is an achievement I can't even fathom.”
McDonald stands six feet four inches and weighs 185 pounds. He’s packing on weight for the big leagues.
His father, Brian McDonald, is helping as much as he can. He said the whole family will go to the draft.
“I'll probably need a box of Kleenex close by,” he said.
Mason McDonald’s favourite team is the Boston Bruins (currently the home of Brad Marchand, another Nova Scotian), but said he'll happily switch his allegiance to whichever team drafts him.