"I know my role here," McDonald said following the team's morning skate at Islanders IceWorks. McDonald will be back in the lineup for his second game since being called up.
"I know what's expected of me," He continued. "I just try and do that. Bring that energy and try and let the top two lines produce for us. Whenever we can chip in offensively is an added bonus and I'm just happy with how the game went."
The Connecticut native is a goal scorer in the AHL. In 40 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, McDonald has 14 goals and 35 points. However, with the Islanders his role changes to one similar to the one Cal Clutterbuck plays. The emphasis is for him to play a physical style, like he did on Sunday, and with Clutterbuck still out with an upper body injury it is useful to have someone that can fill the role.
McDonald has spent the last week and a half going up and down on emergency recall between Bridgeport and Long Island. It was unclear if certain players were going to be available to the Islanders
"I understand the situation I was in. I was just trying to make sure I was ready whenever I was in the lineup," McDonald said.