With the Philadelphia Flyers season at an end, there are a variety of questions surrounding the future of many players. Possibly the most interesting fate revolves around defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
After losing de facto No. 1 defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a season-ending wrist injury in February, he was replaced by MacDonald.
Reviews of MacDonald’s NHL play were mixed. Some thought the 29-year-old defenseman helped stabilize the defense while others pointed out his mediocre neutral zone play.
In 28 games this season, MacDonald scored one goal, a crucial season saving one at that, added seven assists, accumulated a plus-10 rating and averaged slightly over 20 minutes a game. He also scored the game-winning goal in Game 4 against the Washington Capitals.
Those traditional stats, however, don’t tell the whole story concerning MacDonald’s criticisms and whether or not he belongs with the big club come next season.