Just like Michael McCarron drew it up. Montreal Canadiens draft picks collectively had a big night on Friday, but none scored a goal more "bizarre than the double-bank shot goal than the Habs' top 2013 NHL draft pick scored to help the London Knights shade the Windsor Spitfires 5-4 in overtime.
In the second period, McCarron was good to be lucky and lucky to be good during a scramble around the Spitfires net. The 6-foot-6, 238-pound winger nicked the puck from goalie Dalen Kuchmey. Then his centring pass ricocheted off Kuchmey, then off Windsor defenceman Slater Koekkoek for a most serendipitous salvo.
Not quite the same degree of difficulty as Happy Gilmore's winning putt, but this was nonfiction.
That was McCarron's fourth goal and 11th point through 27 games for London, where he opted to play this season after two seasons with the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based U.S. national team development program. No doubt the big man could use a goal that was part gift from the hockey gods and part elbow grease after he helped turn the puck over behind the net. McCarron, 18, was left off Team USA's preliminary roster for the world junior championship. That was not really a surprise considering that a player with his size often has a longer developmental arc, plus a 6-6 bruiser could be a liability in a tourney with IIHF officiating and international ice. It wouldn't shock if McCarron was much more in the mix for the 2015 tourney.
Among Canadiens picks on Friday, second-rounder Jacob de la Rose had a nice two-point night for Sweden's Leksands. Third-rounder Connor Crisp had his second consecutive two-goal effort for the Sudbury Wolves. Tim Bozon, a 2012 third-rounder, had four points for the Kootenay Ice against his former team, the Kamloops Blazers. Brady Vail, a 2012 fourth-rounder, scored the overtime-forcing goal in the aforementioned Windsor-London game.
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