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Behind The Bench: Jamie McGinn

by on 10/04/2011

Vitals

Born: Fergus, ON, CAN
Birth date: September 5, 1988
Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Position: Left/Right Wing
Shoots: Left
NHL Draft: 36th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2006
NHL Team: San Jose Sharks
Jersey No.: #64
National Team: Canada
NHL Contract: 11/12
Cap Hit: $680,000

History

McGinn played Junior hockey with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. In his rookie season he tallied 22 points in 59 games. It wasn’t until his sophomore season that McGinn stepped into his own as a player. In his second year, McGinn was giving an opportunity to play with Logan Couture and shined. In 65 games, McGinn tallied 26 goals and 57 points, while Couture tallied 64 points in 65 games. McGinn continued his great play during the 67s Memorial Cup run and emerged as the team’s best forward. He also represented Canada at the U18 WJC and helped Team Canada capture a gold medal. After a terrific season, McGinn was drafted 36th overall by the San Jose Sharks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

McGinn played two more seasons with the 67s. During the 2006-07 season, McGinn broke out and tallied 89 points in 68 games (10 more points than Couture) and during the 2007-08 season, tallied 58 points in 51 games (tied with Couture). McGinn joined the Worchester Sharks at the end of both seasons.

McGinn failed to make the Sharks’ lineup out of training camp for the 2008-09 season and was sent down to the AHL but was quickly recalled for a two game stint with the Sharks. He ended up splitting the rest of the season between Worchester and San Jose. McGinn produced at a high level while in Worchester by tallying 19 goals and 30 points in 47 games, but failed to produce with San Jose by tallying only 6 points in 35 games.

Over the next two seasons, McGinn continued to produce at the AHL level but failed to translate his production to the NHL. In the 2009-10 season, McGinn played 53 games for San Jose and produced 10 goals and 13 points. While playing 27 games for Worchester, he produced 7 goals and 21 points in 27 games. In the 2010-11 season, he appeared in 49 NHL games where he tallied 6 points, and appeared in 30 AHL games where he tallied 20 points.

Despite his disappointing point totals in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks still have faith that McGinn can turn into a quality NHL point producer and signed him to a one-year, two-way $680,000 contract extension.

Talent Analysis

Pros

  • Brings loads of energy to every shift
  • Able to turn momentum in a game around
  • Cycles the puck well
  • Good all-round talent
  • Physical for his size
  • Fast skater
  • Offensive upside
  • Good two-way player
  • Works hard on every shift
  • Versatile, able to play both wing positions
  • Intelligent and coachable

Cons

  • Subpar passing ability
  • Lacks consistency in all areas of his game

Future

McGinn has yet to put all his abilities together at the NHL-level and may lose out on a roster spot because of it. Both McGinn and Tommy Wingels are fighting for the Sharks third-line spot. Wingels appears to have impressed more than McGinn has in the pre-season.

Obviously, McGinn will either make the team or be sent to the minors. If he makes the team in a third-line role, expect him to tally 20 points and play a full 82 game schedule. If it’s a fourth-line role, expect 10-to-15 points. If he gets sent down to Worchester, he’ll average a point per game and be the recall when injuries occur.

McGinn was an early second round pick expected to produce as a second or third line winger at the NHL-level. He has shown he can produce in both the OHL and AHL at close to a point per game average and it’s arguably only a matter of time until he puts it all together and becomes a legitimate NHL winger. McGinn may need a change of scenery, similar to what Michael Grabner got by joining the Islanders in 2010-2011, before he can produce at the highest level. Alternatively, the Sharks should also think about putting McGinn on a line with Logan Couture as he played some of his best hockey while flanking Couture back in the OHL.

McGinn has a year to prove himself to the team or else the Sharks will have no problem trading him or letting him walk at the end of his contract since they have several up and coming wingers that should challenge for a spot next season.

If McGinn can ever put it all together at the NHL level, he could be a reliable 60-point winger on any team in the league

NHL Highlights

  • Drafted 36th overall at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
  • 1st NHL Game Played – October 30th, 2008 vs. Detroit Red Wings (4-2 W)
  • 1st NHL Point – October 30th, 2008 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Goal)
  • 1st NHL Goal – October 30th, 2008 vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • 1st NHL Assist – October 30th, 2008 vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • 1st NHL Multi-point Game – October 30th, 2008 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Goal and an assist)
  • 1st NHL Playoff GP –April 14th, 2010 vs. Colorado Avalanche (1-2 L)
  • 1st NHL Playoff Point – May 22nd, 2011 vs. Vancouver Canucks (Assist)
  • 1st NHL Playoff Assists – May 22nd, 2011 vs. Vancouver Canucks

Career Highlights

  • 2006-07 OHL Third All-Star Team

Career Stats

AHL: 116 GP, 36 G, 39 A, 75 Pts
AHL Playoffs:
12 GP, 4 G, 0 A, 4 Pts
Memorial Cup:
4 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 Pts
NHL:
143 GP, 15 G, 10 A, 25 Pts
NHL Playoffs:
22 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pt
OHL:
243 GP, 111 G, 115 A, 226 Pts
OHL Playoffs:
33 GP, 13 G, 12 A, 25 Pts
WHC-17:
6 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts
WJC-18:
7 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 Pts

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