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2015-16 St. John's IceCaps season review: Mark MacMillan is at a crossroads

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Mark MacMillan was a highly versatile forward for the IceCaps, and next year will be important for him.

Mark MacMillan isn't a household name to Montreal Canadiens fans.

The 24-year-old centre was drafted in the fourth round of the NHL entry draft, back in 2010. But unlike most Canadian-born prospects, MacMillan elected to play with the University of North Dakota, as opposed to going through the CHL.

After four consistent seasons, one of which he was named the best defensive forward in the NCHC , MacMillan found himself in Newfoundland for the majority of the 2015-16 season, a province he once lived in as a child.

Starting with the Brampton Beast, MacMillan managed five points in six games. The well documented injury troubles in Montreal turned into an opportunity for MacMillan to crack the roster in St. John's. The opportunity came, and he managed to be one of only nine players to play in 60+ games for the IceCaps this season.

MacMillan's offensive numbers weren't anything special this season. Six goals and 11 assists is less than impressive, but Sylvain Lefebvre trusted MacMillan because of his defence-first mentality. The Penticton, BC, native's ability to play anywhere, in any spot in the lineup made him a key piece to the team this season. His versatility is something that other teams would love to have in their players.

MacMillan has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, and it is safe to say that this is the biggest year of his hockey career. With a contract on the line, MacMillan will have to contribute more offensively if he hopes to at least earn a qualifying offer next summer. That being said, he will be 25 at the completion of his current deal, so Europe might be a road he'd consider taking, considering it seems like he won't be an NHL player.