After a tough loss in their opening game against Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, the USA bounced back to defeat the Czech Republic, 4-3, in another tight contest. The four-time defending gold medalists weathered a two-man disadvantage in the final frame to preserve their victory.
Team USA features a number of players that are highly ranked for the 2013 NHL Draft, with one of those highly-ranked players being right wing Mike McCarron. McCarron is currently ranked 31st among North American skaters by Central Scouting, so there is an outside chance that he could be selected in the first round from what is considered to be a deep and talented draft crop.
McCarron played this season for the U.S. NTDP squad that competed in the USHL. In 19 games for that club, the Macomb, MI native netted five goals and added five assists while racking up 84 penalty minutes. McCarron assisted on Evan Allen's game-winning goal against the Czechs, which was McCarron's first point of the U18 tournament.
McCarron spoke with Hockey's Future after the win over the Czech Republic.
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