Andrew MacDonald’s pro career has had a few twists and turns -- he started out in Utah of the ECHL and gradually worked his way up to the top pair of the Isles' defense. He’s also played in the playoffs at every level along the way, completing that run with the Isles reaching the postseason:
“It’s safe to say everyone’s dream and goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and making the playoffs is part of that goal. I think guys have to realize that you’re pretty fortunate if you do end up winning the Cup, there’s good players who played a long time who never won it. You have to seize every opportunity you get; LA won it as an 8 seed last year, and you can really accomplish some things as long as you get in.
“For me personally, it’s obviously discouraging every time you miss the playoffs. All through junior, I never missed the playoffs. I never really experienced not playing in it. So not playing in it the last few years really made me miss it even more, and I realized how much I wanted to get back in them.”
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