The truth is we don’t know much about John McCarron. The Edmonton Oilers liked him, and he’s a big winger who had some nice things going on later in Cornell’s season. Let’s see if we can cobble together something on Edmonton’s latest prospect.

Oiler fans had a chance to follow 2007 draft pick Riley Nash through his college career, and another Cornell forward wearing #14 is in our sights in the person of John McCarron. He was the last player Edmonton drafted in the most recent selection in June, going in the 6th round at number 153rd overall.


  • 6.02, 225
  • turned 20 on April 16
  • Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • scored six goals and 19 points in 35 regular-season games with Cornell last year.
  • Prior to his career in the ECAC, he played with the Lincoln Stars of the USL, appearing in 137 games over parts of three seasons.
  • In 2010-11, his last with Lincoln, he captained the Stars and produced 24 goals and 57 points in 60 games.
  • McCarron went 15, 0-6-6 before New Year’s
  • McCarron went 20, 6-7-13 after New Year’s
  • He is on twitter
  • Stu MacGregor: “John McCarron has a big body, has good hands. Very strong on the puck. He takes it to the net, has a good shot. Strong around the net. Another guy who, after a couple of years in college, we can hopefully look forward to forward him challenging to make the team.”
  • Kirk Luedeke discussing McCarron on Nation Radio: "He’s another one of those raw guys, pretty hard nosed for college. Nothing flashy, meat and potatoes north-south type player his production was pretty good. He’s got a chance to be a bottom 6 player, at very best he would be a fringe third liner or solid fourth liner. He finishes his check and goes hard to the net. He’s a pretty hard nosed guy for NCAA,, has a chance to play because he’s big and strong. Straight line player, drops his shoulder, finishes his check and fights for position in front of the net."


NHL equivalency attempts to put all of the different leagues on a line, sort of a level playing field. McCarron is well down the list of NHLE’s for Oiler prospects outside the NHL, but that’s to be expected based on where he was drafted and the role suggested by Mr. Luedeke.

  1. Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
  2. Tobias Rieder 17-17-34
  3. Kellen Jones 13-21-34
  4. Linus Omark 14-11-25
  5. Toni Rajala 14-11-25
  6. Magnus Paajarvi 7-21-28
  7. Teemu Hartikainen 10-13-23
  8. Phil Cornet 14-7-21
  9. Kristians Pelss 11-9-20
  10. Daniil Zharkov 11-7-18
  11. John McCarron 6-12-18
  12. Jujhar Khaira 6-11-17
  13. Tyler Pitlick 4-9-13
  14. Milan Kytnar 5-7-12
  15. Chris VandeVelde 4-8-12
  16. Antti Tyrvainen 4-8-12
  17. Ryan Martindale 3-9-12
  18. Tanner House 4-7-11
  19. Curtis Hamilton 4-6-10
  20. Mitchell Moroz 6-3-9
  21. Travis Ewanyk 2-7-9
  22. Cameron Abney 1-2-3

McCarron’s NHLE is encouraging for a big man who was selected so late. We don’t have TOI but he did score well in the USHL and turned it on after January 1st with Cornell.


John McCarron was drafted in the deep recesses of the draft where few actual NHL players are selected. The Oilers clearly felt that the available 18-year olds weren’t worthy–and that included a few in their own back yard. John McCarron represents the third in a trio of big, tough forwards Edmonton selected in this draft (Moroz, Khaira, McCarron) and begins his time as an Oiler prospect as the longshot.

We’ll get the report card about 5 years from now.


    When our 4 Oilmen fully mature and we are playing for something, we will really need some of these deep picks to become “value” role players to offset the undoubtably high cap hits of the aforementioned Oilmen. Just because he was not FIST, 2nd,…etc doesn’t mean that McCarron or many of our”Depth” prospects will not play a very important role in the Oilers’ future success’.

  • RexLibris

    Hey LT,

    “The Oilers clearly felt that the available 18-year olds weren’t worthy–and that included a few in their own back yard”

    Is there anyone in particular that you had in mind? I was thinking Cody Corbett was a sure bet to get picked up by a team like Detroit. He was pretty calm and steady (from what I saw) after coming in to the WHL halfway through the season. Those kinds of defenders may be common, but it never hurts to grow one locally.

  • Lowetide

    Red: Exactly. Even the great Oilers teams needed a McSorley or a Buchberger.

    Rex: Corbett was the guy I thought they would take late, and Ashton Sautner was interesting too. There’s a goalie in Saskatoon (Russian) and winger Carter Rigby.

  • Lowetide

    LT – I’m usually on board with the pic selection but that first one of MD is terrible! Lol.

    That said, post is interesting. Totally forgot about this guy. Cornell’s hockey program is meh for the most part correct? Nash is the only guy I can remember coming out of the school (outside of Dryden and Nieuwendyk)

  • Lowetide

    jd: It’s true. And Minnie Driver is such a pretty girl too. It must have been the hairdo. 🙂

    Anyway, I’ve replaced them with two others photos, neither of which is from Grosse Pointe Blank.

  • Reg Dunlop

    The last time I was in Detroit I toured along Lake St. Clair. A couple stone throws from one of the Ford mansions in Grosse Pt. is a school surrounded by razor wire that has a notorious reputation. These types of extremes in very close proximity are what makes Detroit such a mystery. Why has it been such a desirable location for NHL free agents? The only thing I can come up with is the guarantee of a play-off appearance. In a couple of years we will have our choice of UFAs. Suck on that, Heatley.

  • RexLibris

    Everyone drafted @ this level is a crap shoot.

    That is why obtaining a volume of lower round choices — and sorting and sifting them out later — is essential in long term team building.

    Of course, most of these kids are never to be seen again, but both Pisani and Grier were low round choices, and I would sure like a clone of each of them right now.