Another top NCHC signee backs out of college commitment

Published: July 11, 2013, 11:12 am, by Joe Paisley

WMU logoAfter some waffling, the top-drafted college commit, Western Michigan’s Michael McCarron, No. 25 overall by Montreal last month, signed with the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced the three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16) on Thursday morning.

In 55 games with the USHL’s US National Development Team in 2012-13, McCarron, 18, collected 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists). Six of his goals were scored on the powerplay and he tallied two winning goals. He led his team with 180 penalty minutes and maintained a +6 plus/minus differential.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound right winger added five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in seven contests with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship held last April in Sochi, Russia.

A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, McCarron was selected in the first round, 25th overall by the Canadiens at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in his first Canadiens’ development camp last week.

On Wednesday, Connor Chatham backed out of his commitment to Denver to play with London of the Ontario Hockey League.