No fooling round with the Canadiens when it came to their 2013 first round draft pick. After taking part in the team’s development camp last week, the Canadiens have signed Michael McCarron to a three year entry level contract.
An astounding two weeks for McCarron who went from being a first round Entry Level Draft pick on June 30th to Canadiens development camp three days later, followed by a decision to forego university hockey at Western Michigan for the London Knights of the OHL. And now, a three year Canadiens contract.
Getting McCarron to agree to play at London is a coup for team general manager Mark Hunter. Hunter had obtained McCarron’s rights in a trade with the Bulls in 2012 after failing to be able to draft him as a midget. “I really wanted to get him but I couldn’t,” Hunter told the London Free Press. “I watched the kid for three years before the draft. Where are you going to get a kid that big that can skate and handle the puck?”
“He’s a piece of the puzzle,” added Hunter, who was a Canadiens first round draft pick in 1981. “He’s only going to get better. It’s exciting to think what he’ll be like next year when we’ve had him here for a year.”
His coach in London will be Mark Hunter’s brother Dale.
This doesn’t mean that McCarron is about to get NHL money while playing in junior hockey. Until his junior eligibility is up he can only play for the Canadiens or London, there is no Hamilton in between. Also, if he is 18 or 19 and doesn’t play more than 9 NHL games in a given year, his contract ‘slides’ to the next year and he will still have 3 years remaining on it.
From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL (July 11, 2013) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of forward Michael McCarron to a three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16).
In 55 games with the USHL’s US National Development Team in 2012-13, McCarron, 18, collected 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists). Six of his goals were scored on the powerplay and he tallied two winning goals. He led his team with 180 penalty minutes and maintained a +6 plus/minus differential.
The 6-foot-5, 237-pound right winger added five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in seven contests with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship held last April in Sochi, Russia.
A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, McCarron was selected in the first round, 25th overall by the Canadiens at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in his first Canadiens’ development camp last week.