The standards that McBain are building toward in his pursuit of the NHL are high and run deep. A native of Faribault, Minn., he played several years on youth hockey teams that included Kyle Okposo, Peter Mueller and Erik Johnson.
"We were just kids having fun at the time. As we got older, seeing how bad we were beating (opponents), you know there's something clicking. You believe the whole team is capable of playing in the NHL," McBain said. "You look and see guys on TV you've played with and against, you know you can compete with them. You're like, OK, I'm not far off. It's fun to judge yourself that way."
His confidence is a good asset as a young defenceman:
"It's been a great growing year for me. Hopefully it will end in a callup before the year ends," he said. "I'm doing everything I can on the ice, putting the ball in (Carolina's) court, making my performance speak for itself. That's all I can do. It is (tough), when you watch the games and you know you have the skill set to play there. But that's the way it is."