Despite all of the trade chatter during the past few days about moving picks around, the Montreal Canadiens decided to hang onto their 25thoverall pick and select enormous winger Michael McCarron from United States National Development Team.
McCarron certainly fills the need of a big forward that many Habs fans were looking for. He is the biggest player ranked in the draft, standing at 6’5 and already weighing in at 238 pounds as an 18 year old.
Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin said he coveted McCarron’s size, grit and character, three things he said he would be looking for in each of his picks today.
McCarron does not project to be a first line scoring winger, but simply placing someone of his stature in the lineup will make the Canadiens much more intimidating for opponents.
Michael is slated to go to Western Michigan University next season but could be swayed yet to move to Canada immediately and suit up for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League who drafted him. The Knights have been successful in luring Canadien prospects in the past, and oversized ones at that, when they convinced Jarred Tinordi to de-commit from University in America to play for the Knights in 2010.
In his first interview as a Canadien, Michael noted he is not afraid to drop the gloves. I, for one, look forward to McCarron’s first bout with Boston Bruin rival Milan Lucic.