Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron has survives the first round of cuts made by the USA World Junior Team, but Brady Vail has no such luck.
USA sent two teams, Blue and White, to Lake Placid this week for a set of exhibition games against Finland and Sweden.
Playing for Team White, Michael McCarron, Montreal’s first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, fell 4-2 to Sweden before scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 5-2 victory over Finland yesterday. The 6’5, 228 pound winger impressed the American management with his size, willingness to use that size to drive the net, and his surprisingly soft hands.
The American roster was trimmed from 44 players to 31, and Brady Vail failed to make the grade. The fourth round selection of the Canadiens in 2012 was hoping to make the team as a role player and penalty killer, but his USA Blue team was victimized six times by power play goals in losses to both Finland and Sweden.
McCarron will remain with the USA roster that will face Sweden and Finland once again, as well as Canada over the next four days.
The American roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships will be finalized in December. McCarron is among 18 forwards battling for 13 roster spots, and will need a great start to his season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League to make the roster of the defending gold medalists.