BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Head coach Rick Kowalsky described the Binghamton Devils inaugural season as "frustrating" at Monday's final media availability. However, defenseman Jacob MacDonald was a rare bright spot on the team throughout the year.
The Cornell alum and AHL All-Star finished with a team-high 55 points, scoring 20 goals and tallying 35 assists. He was named team MVP prior to puck drop at the B-Devils home finale Saturday.
"[The New Jersey Devils] put their faith in me and their trust and that adds to confidence for me," said MacDonald. "Just able to carry it over and our power play was really successful and that obviously helps with [success]."
A standout season on a struggling team certainly caught the eyes of Tom Fitzgerald, New Jersey Devils assistant general manager and Binghamton Devils general manager.
"He made an impression immediately on our coaching staff," said Fitzgerald. "This year he does what he did. It's really a Disney story. It's one of those storybooks, when he does play in the NHL, he's come from the lowest league to the best league in the world because he took advantage of an opportunity. He's thankful for the opportunity, but he took advantage of it."
Fitzgerald added that the Devils front office is currently working with MacDonald's agent to strike a contract for next season.