The Philadelphia Flyers were one of few teams that didn’t wait up until the last second to make a move during yesterday’s NHL Trade Deadline. Philly picked up defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders on Tuesday. It didn’t take MacDonald very long to prove his worth. He performed the exact duties he was brought over to do in his Flyers debut against the Washington Capitals.
In about 18 minutes of ice time, MacDonald was tied with fellow defenseman Nick Grossman for the lead in blocked shots with three. MacDonald also had a helper and finished with a plus/minus of +2.
The trade for MacDonald was one that left some fans happy, others irritated and many confused. However, what a lot of people didn’t realize is that he actually is 10th in the league for ice time amongst defensemen and has also been within the league’s top-five for blocked shots in the past three seasons. He actually leads the league this season with 201. He’s the only player in the entire league to reach that feat so far this season.
Look, MacDonald may not be the player fans were hoping to nab at the deadline, but he brings a few key things that Philly has been missing defensively for quite some time now. He’s a great overall defender, which is what the orange and black needed to acquire. He also has some decent blue line ability and can make a good pass or two. His 21 assists prove that.
This is a contract year for MacDonald, and one can only think that with the dumping of Andrej Meszaros, Philly will utilize that cap space to sign MacDonald sooner rather than later. He looked like he had been playing in Philly for years with his performance last night.