Future Watch: Michael McCarron Rookie Hockey Cards, Canadiens – Michael McCarron is a huge part of the Montreal Canadiens future. Why? Because he’s a 6′-5″, 231 pound pivot who can change the momentum of games when he’s playing. Drafted in the first round in 2013, Habs fans are patiently waiting for this power forward to put it all together.
Last season was his first with the St John’s IceCaps in the AHL. He had 17 goals and 21 assists in 58 games. He likes to shoot as he took 125 of them and he was just shy of 100 PIMS with 91.
In 2014-15 he won a Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals and that’s when fan expectations for this huge prospect started to rise. However, with most players, his size skating and some of the finer points of the game take a fair amount of time to meld together and the Canadiens haven’t rushed him for good reason.
Last season he did get in 20 games with the big club. Unfortunately the Canadiens were struggling and he did the same, only getting a goal and an assist during that brief appearance.
He’s a Michigan-born player and he had a chance to play for the National Team Development Program in his own backyard for two seasons. That really got him on the map and helped get him drafted. Now he’s just like every other prospect and he’ll have to really improve his game this summer in order for him to stick with the team this season.
Here are some highlights from his 2015-16 campaign:
Michael McCarron’s key rookie card is his 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns card. He has three versions of the card: base, canvas and acetate.
At 21 there’s still no rush. Because of his size there will always be expectations placed on him and in a year or two its up to him to deliver.