After missing the last 12 games due to an upper-body injury sustained against the Chicago Blackhawks, Sharks winger Tye McGinn has been activated off injured reserve, forcing the team to send Chris Tierney down to Worcester to clear up a roster spot. It'll likely only be a temporary stay for the Sharks' 20-year-old center as the NHL's 23-man roster limit will be lifted on Monday afternoon following the trade deadline. And, besides, it's likely the Sharks will move out at least a few players for picks and prospects anyway to open up room for Tierney to more firmly entrench his place in the lineup.
Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in the offseason for a 3rd round draft pick, McGinn has been a disappointment so far in San Jose, scoring just one goal and five points in 32 games this season to go along with some rather inauspicious underlying numbers. It's unclear whether he'll play tonight against the Senators but if he does, expect McGinn to line up alongside Andrew Desjardins and either Barclay Goodrow or Tyler Kennedy on the team's fourth line.