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Michael McCarron in the preseason.
The Canadiens made Mike McCarron their first-round pick at the 2013 NHL entry draft, selecting the big man 25th overall. He is currently playing for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
Leading up to the draft, scouts were divided with their reports on McCarron.
Some, such as Chris Peters of TheUnitedStatesofHockey.com, rave about McCarron’s elite skill set for a man of his stature. Peters believes McCarron will indeed be a very good NHL player some day.
Others, like Ben Kerr at LastWordonSports.com, believe he is a bit overrated and is a very long way from the NHL. He thinks McCarron particularly needs big improvements in his shot release and stick-handling before he turns pro.
After scoring in his first game in London, McCarron went goalless in his next 18 before finding the back of the net twice November 16. He now has just three goals and five assists in 20 games.
The 6’5”, 236-pound native of Michigan isn’t silencing his critics, as he seems to be having a hard time adapting to the best junior league in the world. Perhaps his recent two-goal outing will help kick-start his season.
McCarron will likely represent Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sweden.
Projecting top-end talent is tough for McCarron, especially since opinions are so divided on him. Most scouts do agree, however, that McCarron’s ceiling does reach as high as a top-six forward at the NHL level.