New York Rangers
forward Sean Avery played with McDonald for the Ducks' minor league affiliate
in Cincinnati, then against him while with the Los Angeles Kings. While he
expresses affection for his former teammate, "I don't really like playing
against him," Avery says. "He plays hard, for one thing. I think he's
arrogant, which is probably a good attribute for him, because, as a little guy,
you have to be." Informed that some people wonder if McDonald is up to the
job of centering the top line for a Cup contender, Avery sniffs, "Obviously
they're not very smart hockey people. Because he can play."
welcomes--indeed, he feeds on--the skepticism and the focus on his stature.
"I keep it to myself and use it as motivation," he explains. "It
drives me." He has known doubters most of his life and made short work of