2005-06: McCarthy played nearly his entire freshman season on Boston University’s fourth (energy) line with sophomores Brian McGuirk (CBJ) and Ryan Weston. He posted four points (two goals, two assists) in 32 games this season. Both of his goals came against archrival Boston College. McCarthy scored his first collegiate career goal back on December 2nd, but his most memorable goal (his second) came back on March 18, when he notched the equalizer in the Terrier’s eventual 2-1 over their Commonwealth Avenue rivals in the Hockey East Championship game.
2006-07: McCarthy continued his collegiate career with Boston University(H-East). In 39 games with the Terriers he picked up 5 points, good for 2 goals and 3 assists.
2007-08: In his third season with the Boston University Terriers(H-East), McCarthy had another sub-par offensive season, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists. His 7 points were a career high.
2008-09: In his final year with the Boston University Terriers McCarthy had a breakout year, scoring 6 goals and adding 23 assists. His 29 points was four times his previous career high. McCarthy turned pro at the end of the year.
2009-10: McCarthy made his pro debut in 2009-2010. In 74 games with the Worcester Sharks(AHL) McCarthy scored 42 points, good for 15 goals and 27 assists. He also saw playoff action with Worcester, picking up 5 points in 11 playoff games. His solid play at both ends of the rink earned him a four game stint with the Sharks(NHL).
2010-11: McCarthy shuttled between San Jose and the Sharks' AHL affiliate Worcester in his second pro season, missing 17 games in the middle of the season due to an upper body injury. In 37 NHL games with the Sharks he was used primarily as a two-way, forechecking forward and had 2 goals with 2 assists with a -8 plus/minus and 8 PMs. He was with the Sharks during the NHL playoffs but did not see any action. McCarthy played 25 games for Worcester and was -1 with 7 goals and 5 assists and had 13 PMs. Worcester missed the playoffs, finishing three points behind the Connecticut Whale for the final spot.
McCarthy is a tough, competitive centerman who grew into one of Boston University’s most effective penalty killers. He possesses loads of energy, a great work ethic and is a relentless battler. He is very aggressive on the forecheck and doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game. McCarthy is a powerful skater with good speed. The defensive side of his game is quite good, taking very good care of his own end and showing a willingness to block shots. McCarthy is a player who is difficult to play against, particularly along the boards and in the corners where he has proven to be very effective. He possesses a good, hard shot and can get pucks off very quickly.
Likely to play in the bottom six forwards in the NHL. He is a gritty player who kills penalties and doesn’t mind working in the corners even though he isn’t the biggest player. McCarthy will likely get a chance during training camp to make the San Jose roster, but he could also end up playing another season in the AHL to get more work in.