2009-10: Mike McCarron played for the Honeybaked U16 team in Michigan as a 14-year-old – skating in 28 games and scoring 12 goals with 16 assists and 44 penalty minutes.
2010-11: McCarron played 38 games for the Honeybaked U18 midget major team. He scored 6 goals with 12 assists and had 88 penalty minutes in 38 games. McCarron was invited to the USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp and committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2013-14. He was selected by Belleville in the sixth round (107th overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.
2011-12: McCarron joined the USA National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Skating for the NTDP U17 team he scored 6 goals with 21 assists and led the team with 128 penalty minutes in 53 games. he scored 1 goal with 1 assist in the 2011 U17 Four Nations Tournament and had 1 assist in the 2012 U18 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament as the USA U17 teams finished first in both tournaments. USA placed second in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada and McCarron scored 1 goal, a game-tying goal in the semifinal win over Sweden, with 1 assist in five games. He was selected by Lincoln in the fifth round (74th overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft and the London Knights obtained his OHL rights from Belleville in a June 2012 trade.
2012-13: McCarron returned to Ann Arbor to play for the NTDP's U18 team and was part of the silver medal USA squad at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia. He scored 14 goals with 20 assists and was plus-six with a team-high 180 penalty minutes in 55 games during the season. In seven games in Sochi he scored 3 goals, including a goal in the 3-2 gold medal game loss to Canada, and was an even plus/minus with 2 assists and 14 penalty minutes. In November 2012 he announced that he would play college hockey at Western Michigan instead of Michigan State. McCarron was ranked 35th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
McCarron has the hockey sense, work ethic, character and offensive skills to be player that could fit anywhere in the team's line-up. He has excellent puck protection skills down low and good hands around the opposition's net. The young winger loves crashing and banging on the fore check or playing in the dirty areas along with a willingness to drop the gloves when necessary. His skating is very good for a big man but still needs improvement with his balance, agility and acceleration. He projects as a possible power forward that could play in the top-nine at the NHL level.
McCarron decided to take the CHL route instead of the NCAA option and will play in the OHL for the London Knights this coming season. He could play the next two seasons at the junior level and will have the opportunity to play in the 2014 Memorial Cup as London is the host city. The big man needs to develop his offensive game and grow his overall skills before making the jump to the pro level.