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FUTURE WATCH | John McCarron

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

An impressive combination of brains and brawn make John McCarron one of the more interesting prospects in the Oilers system.

After deciding to walk the Ivy League halls at Cornell University, following in the footsteps of hockey greats Joe Nieuwendyk, Ken Dryden and also Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, McCarron was maturely not putting all of his eggs in one basket prior to hearing his name called in the NHL draft.

“Growing up I always kind of was a nerd, I guess you could say,” McCarron said. “I wanted to have the best of both worlds. Obviously, having an Ivy League degree is a great backup plan for me if hockey doesn't work out.”

Enrolled in pre-med at the time, the 6-foot-2 forward decided to change his focus once drafted by the Oilers in 2012.

Photo by Cornell Athletics

“I wanted to take hockey a lot more seriously and with the pre-med thing I wasn't able to focus too much on hockey,” McCarron said. “Every time I was away from the rink I was reading my bio book, so I didn't really like that. I like numbers, so math and science.  I thought finance was down the same alley. Not in the medical field, but definitely still a lot of number crunching and I really loved it, so I stuck with that.”

The extra attention on the ice paid off.  The forward’s offensive numbers improved on a team whose overall production has declined from 100 to 83 to 77 goals. McCarron had 19 points in each of his first two seasons and 24 last year.

Additionally, the third-year winger was given the title of captain last season, the first junior to be handed the responsibility in the Cornell hockey program since 2001. It was a rare opportunity for someone who doesn’t represent the oldest or most experienced player on the roster, but an experience that he embraced.

“Definitely relegating rolls,” McCarron describes as the biggest lesson he’s learned in his captaincy.

“Obviously there were seniors on the team, so I had to figure out a way to get their input but still kind of have the final say, which is little difficult at first,” McCarron said. “But as time passes you adjust and it becomes easier and more comfortable.  You don’t have to be the head honcho in every situation. Your team has more respect for you (if you get their input).”

But once the college grind is over and he has a diploma in hand, the ultimate goal is to sign a pro contract to play in the NHL. It’s something McCarron is acutely aware of, but his preparation and mentality didn’t change coming into the swan-song season.

Photo by Cornell Athletics

“It is a huge year,” he said. “It’s the year where hopefully at the end you can go on and play professionally, but it's also the last year I have the chance with my classmates to win the national championship.”

Even though the second-year captain is beginning to feel some nostalgia creeping in, he’s choosing to focus on what he has to do to be successful now in the NCAA.

“There's definitely that little extra anticipation going into each game and hopefully you have great results at the end of the year, but it's still kind of the same preparation. I'm another year older, playing against younger guys so I have a little bit more experience.”

The Big Red are defending Ivy League champions and have won the title two of the last three seasons.

For McCarron, who was given an All-Ivy League Honourable Mention last season, to be the best he can for his team he’s focusing on improving the one thing those with a little more stature have to fine tune— quick feet.

Did I mention his school website lists him as 230 pounds?!

“Being a bigger guy, I've always had the burden of working on getting faster,” McCarron said. “I was able to get a lot of information and helpful videos from some of the other Oilers staff as well as my own coaching staff here. (It’s important) to further my development, especially in my skating which is definitely huge for the next level because every guy's fast.”

Between his consistency, productivity, leadership and sacrifice, McCarron is primed to make the jump, should the pros come calling.

“I would like to think I've been becoming a more well-rounded player year after year.”

Barons Player StatsAHL StandingsBarons Schedule | Past Prospect Stats: 13-14 | 12-13 | 11-12


Stats Updated as of Wednesday, January 28, 2015  | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 29 2 4 6 +9 24
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 40 2 2 4 -14 61
MATT FORD* F 30 40 12 17 29 +1 16
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 34 0 5 5 +5 22
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 22 37 8 13 21 +3 23
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 30 14 11 25 +8 6
BRAD HUNT D 26 29 8 19 27 +4 6
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 15 2 2 4 -1 8
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 16 4 4 8 +1 0
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 38 2 5 7 -6 43
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 29 9 22 31 +8 20
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 18 1 9 10 -2 13
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 22 25 0 6 6 -3 18
ANDREW MILLER F 26 41 15 19 34 +9 8
MITCH MOROZ F 20 33 0 3 3 -5 57
DAVID MUSIL D 21 36 1 5 6 -1 23
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 42 5 14 19 0 6
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 37 17 11 28 +18 20
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 14 1 9 10 +4 66
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 39 2 7 9 +6 6
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 40 15 20 35 +1 22
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 38 6 11 17 +7 12
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 18 16 4 4 8 +4 4
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 38 4 3 7 0 35
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 25 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 15 1 7 8 -4 11
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 42 4 20 24 +22 39 EVERETT (WHL)
GREG CHASE  C 20 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
23 12 14 26 0 17 victoria (whl)
LEON DRAISAITL
f 19 8 4 8 12 0 6 KELOWNA (WHL)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 44 15 23 38 -1 56 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 19 26 8 19 27 +8 48 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 43 20 35 55 +14 32 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 20 40 19 15 34 +5 31 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 23 6 13 19 +8 23 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 43 18 36 54 0 22 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 27 1 11 12 +11 69 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 22 8 13 21 +7 33 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 19 0 6 6 -4 22 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 23 4 6 10 +6 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 24 5 11 16 +10 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 43 18 12 30 -2 20 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 25 45 3 16 19 -16 26 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 49 13 9 22 +4 8 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 38 5 6 11 -5 62 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 8 0 0 0 +2 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
30 2 3 5 -9 16 HK SAROV (VHL)
2015 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 7 0 1 1 +8 6 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 7 0 1 1 +1 8 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 20 13 3 3   3 2.13 .927 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 26 7 12 4   0 4.37 .854 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 23 13 7 1   1 2.64 .915 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 16 6 9 1   2 2.90 .890 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 17 9 6 0   1 2.55 .908 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 25 8 11 3   1 3.20 .889 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 23 9 8 3   0 2.69 .896 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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