Kitchener Rangers announce the commitment of Declan McDonnell for the 2018-2019 season. McDonnell was the Rangers 3rd round selection in the 2018 Priority draft.
The American-born forward from Lake View, NY, USA, played his minor hockey in the Buffalo Jr Sabres organization. He tallied 108 points in 73 games with the 15U Jr Sabres in his final year of midget hockey.
Declan McDonnell was drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the third round of the USHL Futures draft in 2018, the same year he was drafted in the 3rd round by Kitchener, ultimately deciding to remain in the USA.
Declan played the majority of last season with the Buffalo Jr Sabres in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 5’9″ forward tallied 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points in 54 games with the Sabres, he played seven games for the Lincoln Stars in the USHL finishing with 1 goal.
Kitchener Rangers GM Mike McKenzie had this to say in the official press release,
“We are very excited to welcome Declan and his family to the Rangers. Declan is skilled, smart, has a great shot and his compete level is very high,” said general manager Mike McKenzie. “He has used these attributes to produce at every level and we look forward to continuing to see him do that in a Kitchener Rangers uniform.
Declan will join a Rangers team looking for better results in the 2019-2020 OHL season, after an early first-round exit from the 2018-2019 OHL playoffs.