Weight: 205 pounds
Date of birth: March 12, 1999
Hometown: Midhurst, Ontario
Position: Center/Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 2, 41st overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Sudbury Wolves forward Macauley Carson played his Minor Midget AAA hockey for the Barrie Colts during the 2014-2015 season in which he scored 19 goals and 44 points in 31 games. He also represented Team OMHA Navy at the OHL Gold Cup winning a bronze medal and contributing to their success with 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games.
The Wolves would select Carson with their second-round pick, 41st overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. A season ago, he would make a Wolves roster that finished in last place in the Eastern Conference playing on his squads bottom six. He would finish the year with 5 goals and 6 assists in 61 games in his rookie season.
Despite being a big body who plays a physical game, Carson does not cross the line. He finished last season with just 35 penalty minutes- 25 minutes of those coming in fighting majors. When he does drop the mitts, he throws no-holds-barred hay-makers.
Carson took a huge leap in his development this year. He finished the regular season with 30 goals and 20 assists playing in all 68 games for the Wolves. His 30 goals came on just 122 shots on goal- good for a 24.6 shooting percentage. He finished second on the Wolves in goals trailing only Dmitry Sokolov (48) and third in points behind Sokolov (72) and David Levin (53).
Carson also played in any situation for the Wolves, becoming a threat on the penalty kill and leading his team with 4 shorthanded goals. Going forward, if Carson is going to play the center position, he’ll need to improve his work on the dots. He was just 47.5% in the circle- an area the Wolves suffered overall as a team as well.
Also, an impressive trait Carson possesses is his willingness to use his size effectively and within the rules. He almost always finishes his checks, gets in physically on the forecheck, battles hard along the walls and gets to the front of the net. Once he gets there he will take the punishment to try and block the goaltenders view and is becoming very adept at deflecting shots.
Those that know him best say he has some very strong leadership qualities. Carson was named an Alternate Captain this season. He’s made some big strides in his skating this year. If he can continue to work on that, along with his puck possession skills and utilize his teammates more, there’s no telling where his offensive game will top off.
Carson was ranked 183rd on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January, a rank that should be higher when their final rankings are released.
This is the profile page of MacAuley Carson at Elite Prospects