Canadiens fans will be happy to learn that Michael McCarron, the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick this year, scored a goal and also had a fight during his first exhibition game with the OHL’s London Knights, a 5-1 victory over the Sarnia Sting last week.
Sarnia’s Nick Latta took exception when he thought London’s Max Domi took a run at his goaltender. But before Latta could get to Domi, the 6-foot-5, 237-pound McCarron stepped in.
“I had to stand up for my teammate,” McCarron told The Gazette’s Pat Hickey on Friday at the Canadiens’ rookie camp in Brossard.
After being drafted, McCarron had to decide between accepting a scholarship to Western Michigan University or playing in the OHL. He made his decision and then signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Canadiens that carries a $1.137-million cap hit.
McCarron’s first impression of the rookie camp is that everything moves at a faster pace.
There are a few players at the rookie camp with hockey in their genes. Christian Thomas is the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, who scored 421 goals in 1,235 career games. Justin Courtnall is the son of Geoff and the nepher of former Canadien Russ. And Connor Crisp is the nephew of former NHL player and coach Terry.
Rookie camp continues through Monday with scrimmages slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. They are open to the public.
(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)