Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Michael McCarron...
If being a professional hockey player was simply about measurements and tipping scales, Michael McCarron -- all 6-foot-5, 228 pounds of him -- would be an NHLer by now. It’ll be a while before he gets there, but he certainly looks the part.
It was an up-and-down year for McCarron, production-wise. In 59 games with the US U18 team he recorded 16 goals and 37 points in 59 games. He saw that point per game rate rise slightly as a member of the USNTDP with five goals and 10 points in 19 games before busting out at the World U18 tournament. In Sochi, McCarron helped bring the USA to a silver medal with five points in seven games.
The clear attraction with McCarron is his immense frame. He is very big, very strong, shields the puck well and likes throwing his weight around. Beyond his physical tools he is a very raw player. He clearly possesses skill, but for a player at this phase and his size, there’s always a desire to see more. That being said, the outburst at the World U18 tournament should serve his stock well.
There is some trepidation with McCarron entering the draft. That desire to see more leads many to believe that the ceiling his frame gives him will never be reached. If he possessed this skillset and track record at a more average build, he wouldn’t be mentioned in the first round realm. However, as the old saying goes, “you can’t teach size” and a team may take him and end up be disappointed when its all said and done.
If McCarron does pan out, he has the potential to be a star power forward on the basis of his size alone. He has the ability to control the puck and plays with aggression -- a combo which breeds success more often than not at the pro level. His skating has improved over the last couple of years, which is also encouraging. He’ll head to Western Michigan next year to continue his development.
Expect McCarron to go in the second round. If a team thinks he’s too big a prospect (pun intended) to pass up, he could sneak into the first 30.
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