The Dallas Stars have signed prospect forward Kyle McDonald to a three-year entry-level contract, according to a team announcement. McDonald is an undrafted 21-year-old forward who last season served as an alternate captain for the OHL’s North Bay Battalion.
McDonald spent the preseason in rookie camp and training camp with his hometown Ottawa Senators, although they ultimately were not the ones to sign him to an entry-level deal. Instead, he signs with the Stars, who in turn add a big winger with some intriguing physical tools.
The 21-year-old scored 28 goals and 45 points in 38 games for the Battalion this season, and also scored above a point-per-game rate the year before. Standing six-foot-four, 217 pounds McDonald offers the size and strength at the winger position that many teams covet. He’s also a former teammate of Stars rookie Wyatt Johnston, meaning that connection may have informed the Stars’ willingness to complete this deal.
Now aged-out of junior hockey, he’ll begin his pro career next season and in all likelihood spent time with their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, attempting to develop his game.
He’s missed quite a bit of time due to a combination of injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic wiping out an entire OHL season, but now with his entry-level deal in hand he’ll be afforded a solid runway to grow his skills and attempt to develop into a quality pro player.
Kyle McDonald is a furry?
I’m sorry Stars fans but at that age and size you should be DOMINATING in the O. He’s depth, nothing to see here. Look up Justin Brazeau’s stats on hockey db for reference