Player: Michael McCarron
Drafted By: Montreal Canadiens (25th overall)
Position: Right Wing
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 35 North American Skaters
Height/Weight: 6'5'', 228 lbs
DOB: March 7, 1995 (18 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: U.S. National Development Team
Big Michael McCarron has spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 2011-12, McCarron scored three goals and 17 points in 35 games.
In 2012-13, the big Macomb, Michigan, native scored In 59 games, he scored 16 goals and 37 points. McCarron shined in the Under-18 World Tournament in Sochi, Russia, where he had five points in seven games against top international competition.
Full Scouting Report
Size is both a blessing and a curse for McCarron. Being 6'5" tall certainly helps scouts take more notice of him, but his inconsistent production has scouts divided as to whether or not he's a legitimate first-round talent with a bright upside or a second-rounder who will struggle to produce at the next level.
David Gregory of Central Scouting saw improvement in McCarron's game over the course of this season. "From last year to this year, he’s starting to handle the puck more and gaining that confidence where he can be more productive offensively than we originally thought," Gregory said. "I see him as a guy moving up the ladder.”
McCarron projects as a power forward but scouts differ about his upside because his production has been inconsistent. Some believe he can become a consistent goal scorer at the next level, others say he will be more of a bottom-six forward with size who won't add much offense.
One scout told The Hockey News in their annual Draft Preview issue, "He's a guy who leaves you wanting more sometimes. You look at his size and his reach and his skating and you say, 'This guy should be able to do a little more.'"
NHL Player Comparison
It depends which scout you ask. Some see him as the next John LeClair, a power forward capable of playing on a team's top line and scoring 30-plus goals in a season. Others say he's the next Mike Rupp, a serviceable NHL player but more of a depth player.
McCarron is committed to Western Michigan University in the fall. Players with size tend to take longer to develop because their body needs to physically mature for them to reach their potential. Power forwards in particular tend to take longer to mature. Expect McCarron to reach the NHL in 2015-16 at the earliest.
If McCarron's potential is fully realized, he can develop into a top-six power forward who is capable of being a consistent scoring threat. He can also make life miserable for opposing goalies and defensemen. If he fails to develop hands and consistency, McCarron would be a bottom-six forward who makes a living as a grinder.