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The Habs hope McCarron will provide needed size and toughness up front.
Drafted: 1st Round, 2013 (25th overall)
2012-13 Team: US National Development Team
Projected 2013-14 Team: London Knights (CHL)
The most exciting part of his game: His combination of size and skill
Michael McCarron is a big boy. Standing 6'5", the Macomb, Michigan native already weighs in at 229 pounds, and still has room to grow. But just being big doesn't make you a first-round pick in the NHL.
McCarron has that coveted combination of size and skill that NHL general managers salivate over. He can use his size to fend off defenders while working down low, but he is also blessed with touch around the net.
Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting, says (via NHL.com), "[McCarron's] got soft hands for a big man and complements that with good puck handling and skills". Marr also comments that he features a "wicked shot".
McCarron recently decided to play for the London Knights of the OHL this season, and he should also represent the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
The Montreal Canadiens could certainly use a big body with skill to add to their top-six forwards. If McCarron develops like the Habs hope he will, he could be a very exciting player to watch for in the near future.