Welcome to “get to know your Avs”! This feature will take a look at current Avalanche players (and maybe some staff, too) to give you an idea as to just who these guys are and what they mean to the Avalanche.
Yes, some (or most) of you will already know these guys but don’t be party poopers; nobody likes party poopers.
Today, we look at the Avs’ high-energy guy; a physical, hard-working winger who brings enough effort for everybody: Jamie McGinn
Who: Jamie McGinn
Nicknames: Ginns, Jams, I call him McGruber for some reason.
How He Came to Denver: Traded from the San Jose Sharks along with Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa for Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick.
What he’s done: The 6’1”, 205 winger came to the Avalanche late in the 2011/12 season and immediately made his mark. With high energy and a very physical game, McGinn made himself at home in Denver and earned himself a new two-year deal thanks to his work in 17 games with the Avs (8 goals, 13 points).
In his first full season, McGinn was solid offensively while seeing mostly third line minutes, racking up 11 goals and 22 points while applying his aggressive, fast style.
He’s shown the ability to give the team momentum with a big hit or a big-time hustle play; players like him are essential pieces to championship contenders and do the valuable things you don’t see on the score sheet.
What he means to the team currently: McGinn spent a little time playing with Paul Stastny last season so he’s flexible. He has the speed and skill to keep up with the guys in the top six but with the talent the Avalanche possess at forward, he won’t be required to do so.
He’ll likely find his home on the third line with rookie Nathan MacKinnon. The speed of those two could create matchup issues and McGinn chasing pucks and delivering hits could be helpful as the rookie transitions from the junior game to the pro game.
He’s also an excellent all-around player and could see time on the penalty kill as well, using his speed and aggressiveness to disrupt opposition power plays.
What to expect: McGinn is unlikely to ever match the clip he produced at when he arrived inDenver (13 points in 17 games) but he will be a valuable penalty killer, third line energy man, and could be a huge part of the development of MacKinnon.
Expect McGinn to chip in double-digit goals – somewhere around the 11-14 mark – and between 30 and 40 points for the year while seeing PK time. He’ll also be up there among the hit leaders for the Avs.
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