McCarron's  2018-19 season was mostly lost to injury. The biggest takeaway from his short season was how great he was playing before the shoulder injury became severe enough to knock him out of action. Twenty-one points in 32 games was his best total in the pro ranks.

His performance showed he can still have an impact when playing in a good system. Joël Bouchard helped McCarron become the player the Habs were hoping they would get. Before the injury, he was using his size to protect and cycle the puck in the opposing zone. He was a physical force while also maintaining a level of skill he had rarely demonstrated in the AHL.

He was given a qualifying offer by the Montreal Canadiens so they could retain his rights as a restricted free agent. He finds himself in an all-too-familiar position of having to prove that he has the makings of an NHL player.

With a summer dedicated to training and his mind set on proving to the organization that drafted him that he can have an impact, this year will be the make-or-break season for him.