Some Notes On Sharks Pup Jamie McGinn

While breaking into the Sharks roster this year will be tough for any rookie, it's bodes well for the future to see strong play from the young'uns.  Last night, left winger Jamie McGinn notched a goal and an assist.  Some comments on him courtesy of the fine folk at Hockey's Future:

(Last year) McGinn scored 26 goals and 31 assists in 65 games for the offensively-challenged 67s. He started off his OHL career slowly and was shuffled around from line to line a lot. He really started to produce when he started to play with Logan Couture (NOTE: Couture is a Sharks prospect). He showed up and was the best forward on the 67s in last year’s Memorial Cup run, and a lot has been expected of him since.

He played for Team Canada at the U17s, and won a gold medal with Team Canada in the Under-18s.

Read HF's interview with Jamie McGinn.

Talent Analysis

McGinn is smart and well-coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Kilrea. McGinn is not flashy and he makes the most of the abilities he possesses.

McGinn brings incredible energy to just about every shift, and is one of those players with the ability to turn the momentum of a game around. He cycles the puck really well which is important in today’s game. With so much offensive upside, he still does penalty killing work, so he is an all-around player. His lack of size (5' 11"; 179 lbs) will not hamper him too much, as he is very physical for his size. He won the fastest skater in the Prospects Skills competition.

Tonight the Canucks will be in town.  Should be fun.

During pre-season games, on which element do you most focus attention?

Overall team play7
Line combination play1
Defensive paring play2
Individual play of veterans that were with the team last year1
Individual play of veterans that are new to the team1
Individual play of rookies6
Did the prices for food and souveniers at the Tank go up8