By Jameson Bradley
Jamie McGinn‘s season story begins quite some time before his transfer to Anaheim. Last season McGinn played 19 games with the Colorado Avalanche and recorded 4 G, 2 A, and a +/- rating of -9. His season was cut short due to reoccurring back problems which would eventually lead to him being ruled out for the season because of surgery.
This season he started the 2015-2016 year with the Buffalo Sabres. He played 63 games with them and recorded 14 G, 13 A and a +/- rating of -10. McGinn was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional third round pick (it stays third round because the Ducks did not win two playoffs rounds. If they did it would have changed to a second round pick) in late February. In 21 games with the Ducks, McGinn put up 8 G and 4 A. He finished the regular season with a +/- rating of 3, and 2 G in 7 playoff games.
McGinn’s arrival with the Ducks sparked more offense than he brought. He played on several different lines, but most notably with Getzlaf and Perron before being moved down to play with Thompson. He scored in his first two games as a Duck, but cooled off considerably after that. Although his numbers look a little small considering his time in Anaheim, he did score the same number of goals Perron scored with the Ducks in the regular season. Perron had more assists and a higher +/- rating, but that could also be the line-mates the two players had.
Taking McGinn’s influence on the Ducks at face value, he did what he needed to. When Anaheim traded for him it was for a draft pick, and in my personal opinion to fill the void of trading Patrick Maroon. Maroon had a sloppy season, and the Ducks needed someone who could do the same, but also do more. McGinn was a big body in front, but also provided some incredible talent when it came to shots in the circles. Yes he may not have produced as much as expected in the playoffs, but remember almost the entire Ducks roster didn’t either in the playoffs. I see a bright future for McGinn in Anaheim if they chose to stay with him. He has some amazing potential. He also really fits with the grittier board play that Anaheim shifted to near the second half of the season.
All things considered I would love to see McGinn stay with the Ducks, and I could even see myself getting a shirt with his name on it in the future. He has the potential to be a secret weapon to the Ducks just like Andrew Cogliano, Jakob Silfverberg, and Nate Thompson have become. Another solid 20 G a season scorer is exactly what Anaheim needs. I give Jamie McGinn a B- for the season, and hope to see him next year in Anaheim.
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