Prospect Update: McCarron’s Exceptional (Dec. 29-Jan. 4)


Photo: Brendan McDermid, Reuters


Michael McCarron captures first star this week for his incredible six-point performance and three-point debut with the Oshawa Generals. Team Canada goaltender, Zach Fucale, claims second star honours, while Daniel Audette finally returns to the “Notable Performances” category. Artturi Lehkonen’s disappointing WJC came to an end, while Martin Reway posted a hat trick. Charles Hudon got back on track, and Mike Condon enjoyed a tremendous week. Jeremy Gregoire grabbed his first points of the season following an injury that kept him sidelined for the first half of the season.


Notable Performances:

Michael McCarron – RW – London Knights
Drafted 25th overall, 1st round, 2013

This was quite the week for Michael McCarron. It all began with against the Sarnia Sting in Sarnia. McCarron tallied a trio of assists in the first period, including one that came from great puck movement in the corner on the powerplay. However, McCarron wasn’t done there. In the second period, McCarron picked up the puck in his own zone, sent it up the ice, called for a drop pass, and hammered a one-time slapshot past the goaltender. Halfway through the third, McCarron circled back behind his net, fought off a check, beat a forechecker, beat a defender one-on-one, drove the net, and fired the puck five-hole, completing a spectacular end-to-end rush. McCarron capped off the six-point night with a his second OHL hat trick, with snipe from the top of circle on the powerplay.

On January 1, London announced they traded McCarron to the OHL-leading Oshawa Generals. McCarron impressed in his Gens debut, grabbing an assist on Michael Dal Colle’s goal, then scoring his first in the new jersey by deflecting a puck past the goaltender. McCarron also added an another assist with a quality pass from the slot. The 6’6″ forward also made his mark physically, crushing the similarly-sized Matt Schmalz with an open ice hit. However, McCarron went quiet in his second game with the new team, going pointless in a 6-4 win.

McCarron continues to demonstrate a high skill level. Although Sarnia could’ve played his end-to-end rush goal better, he has continually attempted rushes like that, nearly scoring on quite a few of them. Furthermore, McCarron’s shot continues to be an absolute thorn in the side for the opposition. His ability to raise the puck quickly makes him a threat in front of the net, and his ability hammer the puck powerfully and accurately makes him a threat from long-range. Towards the end of his London days, McCarron was playing the top left circle on the powerplay quite often, where he was quite successful. As to be expected, McCarron will be up and down with the Gens, at least for the immediate future. The hulking forward still has to develop chemistry with his linemates and learn the system.


Zach Fucale – G – Canada
Drafted 36th overall, 2nd round, 2013

The results speak for themselves: Ivan Hlinka Gold, President Cup, Memorial Cup. Fucale is a winner, and after a dominant week by Canada, Fucale will have the chance to add a World Junior Championship Gold. The week began with Canada facing Finland. Canada made easy work of Finland, but the Finns managed to get 28 shots on goal. Fucale was only beat once, even though there were some shaky moments. Fucale grabbed another win against Denmark in the quarterfinal, stopping all of the meagre 14 shots that he faced. Fucale was beat for just the second time this week versus Slovakia, but played a strong game overall.

Fucale hasn’t had the best of seasons, but this success World Junior success, combined with the trade to the strong Quebec Remparts club, should help turn his year around. Fucale’s rebound control has been questionable at times during this tournament, yet he’s shown the ability to come up with huge saves at key moments. Against Russia tonight, Fucale will face the toughest opponent he has faced at the tournament. The medal drought might be over, but Gold is the only thing that matters to Canada.


Daniel Audette – C – Sherbrooke Phoenix 
Drafted 147th overall, 5th round, 2014

Audette hasn’t made much success lately; in fact, he has often looked like a different player. Audette opened with the week a strong two-assist game versus Gatineau. Audette’s second assist was clever pass into the slot, which eventually found twine. The speedy forward grabbed another assist the following game, but would go pointless and minus-four in the third game of the week. Audette closed out the week with his first three-point game since late November. He grabbed his first point of the night with a nice feed to Jeremy Roy, who found David Storto. Shortly after, Audette grabbed an assist with a quick pass after picking up a rebound. In the third, Audette scored his first goal in eight games by whacking away at a loose puck in the crease.

After a hot start, backed by an insane shooting percentage and a tremendous powerplay, Audette has cooled off. Audette was virtually a non-factor during the month of December until the the final two games. With the team’s two leading scorers–Kay Schweri and Tim Wieser–returning soon, it’s possible Audette goes on another scoring tear was the pressure in alleviated.



Jacob de la Rose – C/LW – Sweden
Drafted 34th overall, 2nd round, 2013

-After recording four points in two games, de la Rose wasn’t much of factor in the subsequent games, at least offensively.
-At times, de la Rose made the wrong decision with the puck, passing instead of shooting in a prime location.

This Week (WJC)40002
Total (WJC)62242
Total (AHL)273259


Zach Fucale – G – Canada
Drafted 36th overall, 2nd round, 2013

This Week (WJC)3300.9650.667
Total (WJC)4400.9710.50
Total (QMJHL)2413110.8903.20


Artturi Lehkonen – LW – Finland
Drafted 55th overall, 2nd round, 2013

-Disappointing tournament came to an end for Lehkonen, who recorded just one goal in five games.

This Week (WJC)31014
Total (WJC)51016
Total (SHL)3047116


Martin Reway – LW – Slovakia
Drafted 116th overall, 4th round, 2013

-Recorded a hat trick versus Germany.
-Scored an empty-net goal versus Czech Republic.
-Reway has recorded the points at the tournament, but he hasn’t been too much of factor in the bigger games.

This Week (WJC)44002
Total (WJC)64262
Total (CZE)235162138




Mac Bennett – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 79th overall, 3rd round, 2009

-Fairly good game against Rockford (Dec. 30).
-Solid game against Chicago (Jan. 2), contributing at both of ends of the ice.

This Week20000


Daniel Carr – LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (April 21st, 2014)

-Strong game against Rockford (Dec. 30), grabbing an assist with a good shot that generated a rebound.
-Another strong performance versus Chicago (Jan. 2), grabbing his second assist in as many games on Davis Drewiske’s game-tying goal.
-Quiet versus Milwaukee (Jan. 3) and took a penalty leading to the game’s opening goal.

This Week31010


Mike Condon – G – Hamilton Bulldogs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (May 8th, 2013)

-Excellent performance against Rockford (Dec. 30), stopping 40 of 41 shots en route to a victory despite the Ice Hogs dominant third period.
-Played a strong game versus Chicago (Jan. 2), stopping 35 of 38.
-Condon’s record remains less than impressive, but his play, especially as of late, has been incredible.
-Condon’s competitive, yet controlled style makes him a hard goaltender to beat.

This Week3120.9023.71


Connor Crisp – LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 71st overall, 3rd round, 2013

-Returned from a three-game suspension for leaving the bench to begin an altercation.
-Played two nondescript games (Jan. 2 & 3).

This Week20110


Darren Dietz – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 138th overall, 5th round, 2011

-Quiet performance against Rockford (Dec. 30).
-Took two unnecessary penalties versus Chicago (Jan. 2), but played a solid game otherwise.
-Another fairly solid outing the following game (Jan. 3).

This Week30002


Charles Hudon – LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 122nd overall, 5th round, 2012

-Broke a four-game goalless drought (the longest of the season) with a tremendous effort to win a footrace, send himself in on a breakaway, and score with a patient play outwaiting the goaltender against Rockford (Dec. 30).
-Strong game overall, creating a handful of good chances.
-Performed fairly well against Chicago (Jan. 2), but wasn’t as noticeable as he normally is.
-Good showing against Milwaukee (Jan. 3), creating chances and recorded a powerplay assist.

This Week30002


Jack Nevins – LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (December 3rd, 2013)

-Played one of his better games of the season against Rockford (Dec. 30).
-Dropped the gloves and made a some good plays with the puck.
-Contributed nothing noteworthy the following two games.

This Week30007


Greg Pateryn – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Acquired via trade with Toronto (July 3rd, 2008)

-Awful performance against Rockford (Dec. 30).
-Took two minor penalties and was puck watching far too often.
-Posted one of his best performances of the season against Chicago (Jan. 2), recording an assist and firing a season-high five shots on goal.

This Week31010


Jarred Tinordi – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 22nd overall, 1st round, 2010

-Quiet game versus Rockford (Dec. 29).
-Good performance overall against Chicago (Jan. 2), contributing with numerous good plays with the puck on his stick.

This Week30000
Total (AHL)4116734
Total (NHL)1302219


Christian Thomas – LW/RW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Acquired via trade with NY Rangers (July 2nd, 2013)

-Continued his string of solid performances against Rockford (Dec. 30), scoring the game-winning goal by whacking in a rebound from Daniel Carr’s shot.
-Two weak performances to close out the week (Jan. 2 & 3).

This Week (AHL)30112
Total (AHL)4910102018
Total (NHL)181017




Morgan Ellis – D – Wheeling Nailers
Drafted 117th overall, 4th round, 2010

-Pointless in first and last games of the week (Dec. 29 & Jan. 3).
-Scored in the second game (Jan. 2)–his four goal of the season.
-Ellis has an impressive 45 shots on goal in just 21 games since being sent down.

This Week (AHL)30002
Total (AHL)2425713
Total (ECHL)3913132622


Dalton Thrower – D – Brampton Beast
Drafted 51st overall, 2nd round, 2012

-Pointless against Toledo (Dec. 30).
-Recorded an assist against Toledo (Dec. 31).
-Pointless with no shots on goal in the remaining two games.

This Week300021




Michael McCarron – RW – London Knights
Drafted 25th overall, 1st round, 2013

This Week22134
Total (Playoffs)742615
Regular Season56284068128




Daniel Audette – C – Sherbrooke Phoenix 
Drafted 147th overall, 5th round, 2014

This Week10220
Total (Playoffs)62460
Regular Season6029447364


Jeremy Grégoire – RW – Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Drafted 176th overall, 6th round, 2013

-Excellent week for Grégoire, who made his season debut last week.
-Grabbed his first two points of the season, with a pair of quick passes into the slot and added seven shots on goal (Dec. 30).
-Posted another assist in the first of two games versus Rimouski (Jan. 3).
-Scored his first goal of the season by deflecting a point shot (Jan. 4).

This Week24372
Total (Playoffs)7781510
Regular Season3220214159



Tim Bozon – LW – Kootenay Ice
Drafted 64th overall, 3rd round, 2012

-Grabbed two assists in the first two games of the week.
-Went pointless in the final game.

This Week43696
Regular Season5735286319


Brett Lernout – D – Swift Current Broncos
Drafted 73rd overall, 3rd round, 2014

-Scored his ninth goal of the season against Red Deer (Dec. 30) with under a minute remaining, tying the game.
-Set a new career-high in goals.
-Pointless the following two games.

This Week (AHL)30000
Total (AHL)30000
Regular Season (WHL)7214284268
Total (Playoffs)41014


Nikita Scherbak – RW – Everett Silvertips
Drafted 26th overall, 1st round, 2014

-Scored third goal in a row against Seattle (Dec. 30) with a one-timer from high in the offensive zone.
-Grabbed an assist versus Prince Albert (Jan. 2).
-Added a pair of assists to his totals against his former team, the Saskatoon Blades, in the SaskTel Centre (Jan. 3).
-The first assist was a beautiful cross ice pass, something that Scherbak did many times last season.
-Scherbak was awarded an assist in a goal-mouth scramble for the put, even though Scherbak celebrated like it was his goal.

This Week32002
Total (Playoffs)83256
Regular Season6527558260




Nikolas Koberstein – D – Sioux Falls Stampede
Drafted 125th overall, 5th round, 2014

-Pointless in both games.

This Week200010



Josiah Didier – D – University of Denver Pioneers
Drafted 97th overall, 4th round, 2011

-Pointless in both games.

This Week30005
Total (AHL)50005
Total (NCAA)40381158




Stefan Fournier (injury and timetable are unclear)



Hayden Hawkey (torn ACL/MCL – out for the remainder of the season [occurred November 29])



Jake Evans (no games scheduled)

Mark MacMillan (no games scheduled)

Colin Sullivan (scratched)

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