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Islanders right wing Colin McDonald looks on during Group A training camp at Nassau Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke
Certainly, there are no promises, and Colin McDonald knows he is not in the position to ask for any. He is an emergency call-up from Bridgeport, so presumably when the emergency ends, so will his time with the Islanders.
McDonald will take any ice time he can get, though he’ll try to make a lasting impression. Good things may lie ahead for the Islanders, and McDonald would like to be part of what transpires. “It’s another day in the NHL,” he said Friday. “This is why everyone tries to play the game.”
The Islanders have many reasons to be grateful as they look ahead to the second half of the season.
With 31 victories in 46 games, they are in first place in the Metropolitan Division. They are getting steady production from four lines and top-notch goaltending from Jaroslav Halak, who will represent the team at Sunday’s N.H.L. All-Star Game, along with center John Tavares.
With the playoffs looming and a move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn ahead, the Islanders also have reason to be excited about their future.
Their team depth is best exemplified by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate.