Michael McCarron (born March 7, 1995) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League (NHL). McCarron was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (25th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Michael McCarron
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McCarron at the 2016 AHL All-Star Challenge
Born (1995-03-07) March 7, 1995 (age 24)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2013
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2015–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, he played in the 2008 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Belle Tire minor ice hockey team.[1]

McCarron was rated as a top prospect who fulfilled the expectation to be a first round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He trained with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program team from 2011 to 2013,[3] and won a Silver Medal with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.[4]

McCarron initially committed to play for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), before opting out to continue his development through Canadian junior ranks with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.[5] Originally playing (and drafted) as a right winger, McCarron made the switch to center during his first OHL season.[6] On July 11, 2013, McCarron was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.[7]

In the midst of the 2014–15 season, McCarron was traded by the Knights to OHL contenders, the Oshawa Generals on January 1, 2015,[8] with whom he won the J. Ross Robertson Cup and the Memorial Cup.

After a good start in his first professional year in 2015–16, he was called up by the Canadiens and played two games in the NHL, though without picking up any points.[9] As a result of his good play in the AHL, McCarron was named to the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.[10] He was later called up again by the Canadiens on February 26, 2016, after forwards Dale Weise and Tomáš Fleischmann were traded to the Blackhawks. On the 27th, he recorded his first NHL point, an assist on a Devante Smith-Pelly goal. He scored his first NHL goal in a 4–1 loss to the Calgary Flames on March 20, 2016.[11]

While playing with the Laval Rocket during the 2018–19 season, McCarron underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in February 2019.[12]

McCarron became a restricted free agent after the 2018–19 season. On July 27, 2019, he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens.[13]

Continuing with the Laval Rocket, McCarron entered the 2019–20 season, contributing with 5 goals and 14 points in 29 games. Having been passed on the depth chart and with limited prospects with the Canadiens, McCarron was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Laurent Dauphin on January 7, 2020.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 35 3 14 17 112 1 0 1 1 2
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 19 5 5 10 84
2013–14 London Knights OHL 66 14 20 34 120 9 3 2 5 22
2014–15 London Knights OHL 25 22 19 41 58
2014–15 Oshawa Generals OHL 31 6 21 27 70 21 9 9 18 33
2015–16 St. John's IceCaps AHL 58 17 21 38 91
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 1 1 2 37
2016–17 St. John's IceCaps AHL 32 7 12 19 66 2 0 0 0 6
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 1 4 5 41 1 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 54 7 17 24 121
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 0 1 1 32
2018–19 Laval Rocket AHL 32 7 14 21 46
2019–20 Laval Rocket AHL 29 5 9 14 50
NHL totals 69 2 6 8 110 1 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States U17   5 1 1 2 2
2013 United States WJC18   7 3 2 5 14
Junior totals 12 4 3 7 16

Awards and honorsEdit

Honors Year
IIHF World U18 Championship Silver Medal 2013 [15]
OHL J. Ross Roberston Cup 2015
Memorial Cup Championship 2015 [16]
AHL All-Star Classic 2016 [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "ISS Draft Rankings (Final 2013)". The Sports Network. June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael McCarron - The Next Ones: NHL 2013 Draft Prospect Profile". hockeywriters.com. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mike McCarron player profile". Hockey'sFuture.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Incoming freshman named to World U18 squad". Western Michigan Broncos. July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Big Michael McCarron could be Canadiens' dream centre of the future". September 14, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Canadiens sign Michael McCarron". Montreal Canadiens. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Oshawa Generals acquire McCarron and Mermis from the London Knights". Oshawa Generals. January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michael McCarron called up - Montréal Canadiens - News". canadiens.nhl.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC". theahl.com. January 6, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Hickey, Pat (March 20, 2016). "In the Habs' Room: McCarron's first NHL goal spoils Backstrom's shutout bid". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Medical update on Michael McCarron". NHL.com. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Cowan, Stu (July 27, 2019). "Canadiens sign Mike McCarron to one-year, two-way contract". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Staff, TSN ca (January 7, 2020). "Montreal Canadiens trade forward Michael McCarron to Nashville Predators for forward Laurent Dauphin - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "Team USA Falls to Canada in Gold-Medal Game at the World Under-18 Championship". USA Hockey. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "Oshawa vs Kelowna". Retrieved May 31, 2015.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alex Galchenyuk
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Nikita Scherbak