Brock McGinn: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Brock McGinn: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

If you are catching up, the menu for the previous ‘report card’ articles is at the bottom. Brock McGinn’s starting point for the 2016-17 season After step-wise development that saw Brock McGinn play two seasons in Canadian juniors and a full season in the AHL before getting his first taste of NHL action, McGinn received his first chance as an NHL call up during the 2015-16 season. His NHL debut was nothing short of magnificent when he scored a goal on his first shift and finished the game with a goal and an assist playing on the Hurricanes’ top line. But he was pointless in his next 5 games and found his way down the lineup and into a depth role. In 21 games at the NHL level in 2015-16 McGinn would finish with only 3 goals and a lone assist (so only 2 more points after the big debut) and like everyone else who tried to help fill out the fourth line in 2015-16, he would struggle to help keep the puck out of the Hurricanes’ net when he was on the ice. He was a minus 14 in only 21 games. But along the way, McGinn did collect his first batch of NHL experience that had potential to be a spring board for the 2016-17 season.   Brock McGinn’s 2016-17 season with the Carolina Hurricanes Brock McGinn again began the season at the AHL level where he started strong as part of a top scoring line. He collected 5 goals and 3 assists in 9 games and earned a promotion to the NHL in the process. On...
Hurricanes recall Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn (part 2-Brock McGinn)

Hurricanes recall Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn (part 2-Brock McGinn)

Earlier I posted my thoughts on the Brett Pesce half of the Canes recalls today.  You can find that HERE. Brock McGinn could also see his first NHL action on Friday or Saturday depending partly on Coach Bill Peters’ plan and partly on the status of Joakim Nordstrom who is dinged up. The timing and situation could not be better for Brock McGinn to use a single game to make an impression and carve out a role.  The Hurricanes are coming off a lackluster effort that saw Coach Bill Peters fuming in his post-game press conference.  He desperately wants more fire.  The team desperately needs more fire.  Brock McGinn’s style of play when it is going is all about fire and jam.  If McGinn gets into the lineup and manages to fly around, bring some rough and tumble and hit stuff like he is capable, that alone could win him additional ice time right now.  Scoring (yeah, the Canes need more of that too) would only be a bonus. Best guess is that he will slot into the lineup on the left side of Jay McClement on the fourth line, but that is not a bad entry point.  First of all, it was actually one of the team’s better lines on Tuesday which should earn some ice time on Friday.  And there are enough players in the top 9 who are not getting it done right now that a good couple shifts on the fourth line could be enough to jump to a higher spot quickly right now. Go...