Carson McMillan
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Carson McMillan


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7th round (200th overall), 2007


200 lbs.

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2006-07: Carson McMillan posted 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) in 72 games with 76 PMs in his second season with the WHL's Calgary HItmen. He skated in all 18 playoff games and scored 2 goals with 17 PMs.

2007-08: One of two players to skate in all 72 games for the Calgary Hitmen, McMillan provided both offense and toughness for the Central Division champions. Mc Millan scored 16 goals with 26 assists and was fourth on the team with 87 PMs; finishing +14 for the season. McMillan skated in a depth role during the playoffs and scored 1 goals with 22 PMs and a -12 plus/minus as the Hitmen reached the WHL semifinals for the second straight season.

2008-09: McMillan returned to the WHL as a 20-year old and scored 31 goals as Calgary lost just nine games in regulation during the season. McMillan had 41 assists and his 72 points were fifth-best on a team that featured two players that cracked the 100-point mark. McMillan was fourth on the Hitmen in both penalty minutes ( 93 PMs) and plus/minus (+41). The Hitmen reached the WHL finals and in 18 playoff games McMillan scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +5 with 18 PMs. McMillan signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Wild in April 2009.

2009-10: McMillan skated in 56 games for the AHL's Houston Aeros in his first pro season. Used mostly in a third or fourth line role, and sometimes a healthy scratch, he scored 4 goals with 4 assists with 70 PMs. The Aerors finished last in the competitive West Division and McMillan finished with a -9 plus/minus.

2010-11: McMillan made his NHL debut, skating in four April games for the Wild, and was a solid two-way energy forward that provided toughness for the AHL's Houston Aeros. McMillan scored a goal against the Detroit Red Wings in his first NHL game and was +1 with 1 goal and 1 assist for the Wild: averaging just over nine minutes of ice time per game. McMillan skated in 78 of 80 games for the Aeros and scored 10 goals with 22 assists and was -4 with 80 PMs. He saw action in 21 of 24 playoff games as Houston reached the Calder Cup finals and scored 3 goals with 2 assists with a +4 plus//minus and 14 PMs.

2011-12: McMillan skated in 11 games for the Wild during a mid-season call-up and was a physical, energy line forward in his third pro season with Minnesota AHL affiliate Houston. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-one with 11 penalty minutes; averaging 11 minutes of ice time per game with the Wild. He scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was minus-one with 43 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games for the Aeros and was plus-one with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in Houston's four-game playoff series with Oklahoma City. McMillan was re-signed to a one-year two-way contract by the Wild in August 2012.


Talent Analysis

McMillan is a hard working player who can be used in a variety of situations. He fits the mold of a Wild type player: strong defensively and a good skater. Great wheels, good forechecker, plays physical. Not a gifted goal scorer, but at times he showed good hands in close, and might have some untapped offensive potential if paired with a playmaking center.



McMillan should see more responsibility with the departure of some more experienced players and could see an increase in his numbers.


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