27-Year-Old Left Wing – Buffalo Sabres
Jamie McGinn Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $5.9 million contract with the Avalanche in June 2014. Traded to the Sabres in June 2015.
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said McGinn should be fine after taking a puck to the face in Monday's loss to the Rangers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Fresh off signing a new two-year, $5.9 million contract in the offseason, McGinn will look to build upon his success from 2013-14. In 79 games last season, the former Shark smashed his career high in every offensive category, piling up 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points, five power-play goals, three game-winners and 167 shots-on-goal. Much of McGinn's improvement can be attributed to a solid supporting cast, as he spent the majority of his even-strength time with studs Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, and to a lesser extent with John Mitchell and Max Talbot. Looking ahead, changes to the Avs top-six forward corps (namely the addition of Jarome Iginla and subtraction of Paul Stastny) mean that McGinn could bounce around again in 2014-15, with an assignment on the second line beside a marquee name like Nathan MacKinnon or the third line beside a blue-collar veteran like Mitchell both very real possibilities. Wherever he slots in, McGinn will be in good shape to challenge his career high in points as the Avs are still very much stacked up front and will be motivated to defend their Central Division crown.
The Avs are waiting for this second-round pick to finally break out and put together a career year. In 2012-13, McGinn delivered 11 goals and 11 assists in 47 games, but half of those came in the first 14 games of the year. One word -- streaky. McGinn has never topped 25 points in a season, but should build on that total alongside rookie sensation center Nathan MacKinnon.
After being traded by San Jose to Colorado at last yearís trade deadline, McGinn had an immediate impact on the ice, scoring 13 points in the Avsí final 17 games. In Colorado, McGinn went from third-line checker to second-line scorer, and he saw much more ice time per game (17-18 minutes) than he did in San Jose (12-13 minutes). It will be interesting to see whether McGinn can continue to put up the same kind of numbers over a full season Ė donít be surprised if he gets bumped back down to a third-line role this season.
McGinn is a physical winger still looking for a full-time role in the NHL. Over the past three seasons, his playing time has been divided fairly evenly between the Sharks and minor league affiliate Worcester. He'll have to be more consistent in order to be an everyday player at the NHL level, but even if he passes that test, McGinn would likely be confined to the lower lines in 2011-12. Be patient with No. 64 as he continues to grasp the nuances of the NHL.
Last year, McGinn was a regular on the team shuttle that sends players to and from the AHL, but he did stay in San Jose for 59 games in the 2009-10 season. He's an accurate shooter and as a result, his goal total figures to rise in the coming years. Unfortunately for fantasy owners looking to employ McGinn in non-keeper leagues, Team Teal is stacked with talented forwards, giving the team the option to nurture the 22-year-old prospect. Once he's given a full schedule to work with, a 35-point season could fall next to his name on the stat sheet (but it probably won't happen in 2010-11).
McGinn got his travel on last season. He bounced around from San Jose to minor league Worcester on a number of occasions, which is simply par for the course when it comes to promising prospects. McGinn is a versatile player with a decent amount of upside so you can expect him to be more involved with the parent club in 2009-10.
Boom or bust is the name of the game for McGinn, who owns a wealth of offensive potential and also plays with an edge. He's awfully inconsistent but that may be because of his age. He needs a lot of time to develop.