The native of De Pere, Wis., recently completed his third season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, scoring 11 goals and establishing new collegiate career highs in assists (24) and points (35) in 37 games.
Ottawa selected McCormick in the sixth round, 171st overall, of the 2011 NHL draft.
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday