McCarron (shoulder) signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on Saturday. McCarron is still recovering after undergoing shoulder surgery in February, but appears on track for training camp. The 2013 first-round pick projects to compete to earn a roster spot in the fall.
McCarron (shoulder) was handed a qualifying offer by the Habs in order to secure his rights ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. McCarron missed the end of the 2018-19 campaign after having surgery to repair his shoulder in February. The 24-year-old is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall and will have a chance to secure a spot on the 23-man roster. Even if he does make the team for Opening Night, the forward could find himself serving as a healthy scratch from time to time.
McCarron is set to have surgery on his shoulder that will cause him to miss the rest of the 2018-19 campaign. McCarron was likely on the Habs' short list of potential call-ups all season, especially considering he racked up 21 points in 32 minor-league games, but he was never able to make his way up to the NHL. Instead, the 23-year-old will turn his focus to making the team coming out of training camp next year.
McCarron picked up four assists in AHL Laval's 5-4 loss to Utica on Saturday. McCarron remains a work in progress despite the fact he will turn 24 years old in March. The former first-round pick (2013) has proven to be little more than a fourth-line grinder during his 69-game NHL career, and the Habs are hoping an extended run at the AHL level will help McCarron tap into his full potential. The odds are firmly against him at this point, but 6-foot-6 forwards with a decent set of hands don't grow on trees and Montreal is committed to giving him every chance to develop.
McCarron had two shots and assisted on a shorthanded goal for AHL Laval on Friday. McCarron earned the third star for his efforts Friday, playing on both special-team units and picking up his third assist of the season. This could be a make-or-break year for the 23-year-old, who's fallen off the radar since a productive rookie season at the AHL level in 2015-16. Since then, he's become little more than a hitting and penalty machine, so it was encouraging to see Laval's new coach, Joel Bouchard, attempt to tap into McCarron's offensive side on the power play. The hitting and penalties will be part of his game, but Bouchard's job is to make McCarron into a more complete player, one capable of playing in the NHL, be that with the Canadiens or another team.
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