Jamie McGinn is a versatile player that can contribute in a variety of ways
OK Draft Day is in the books and the Buffalo Sabres have completely turned around their goals from bottoming out for Eichel to making a run at the playoffs. We all know how good Ryan O'Reilly is, but there was another piece to the Colorado deal that sent away Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and pick 31 in the draft and that piece is the very versatile Jamie McGinn. O'Reilly is a sure first liner and key contributor to the new look Sabres, but who is Jamie McGinn and where will he fit into the Buffalo lineup.
Let's start from McGinn's younger days. He played juniors in the OHL for the Ottawa 67's. In his first year there McGinn could only muster up 22 points in the regular season, but stepped up his game in the playoffs in which he had 11 points in 18 games. During his draft year, McGinn had 26 goals and 31 assists which led to him to be San Jose's second round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After his draft year, McGinn had a great year with the 67's. He contributed 46 goals and 43 assists and had 5 goals in 5 playoff games for the 67's.
In the 2008-09 season, McGinn made his NHL debut after a couple stints with the Worcester Sharks. In 35 games, he struggled to find the scoresheet only getting 4 goals and 2 assists with San Jose. On February 27th 2012, McGinn was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche with Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa for T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and a 7th round pick. Two years later, Jamie McGinn had his best season of his young NHL career where in 79 games for Colorado, he had 19 goals and 19 assists. In the seven game series against the Wild in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, McGinn had 2 goals and 3 assists. Colorado lost the series at home in Game 7.
McGinn is a left winger and standing at 6'1" and having a weight of 205lbs., he can hit with the best of them. He's had back problems which have shortened a few of his seasons, but he is a guy that can do a lot for Buffalo given his play style and skill set. He likes to play at a high pace and even though he's a big and bruising forward, he can still contribute on the scoresheet. If a top six guy goes down, McGinn can easily step in and fill the role. Although McGinn is primarily suited for a bottom six slot, it's nice to know that he can contribute when injuries happen when given more ice time. Overall, McGinn is a nice asset to have at your disposal and the Sabres should be very happy with him joining the team.