In the NHL, a forward at 6’1” 201 pounds is usually put on the ice to stir things up and throw their body around. However, former Saber and Duck, Jamie McGinn, uses his size to help him in all aspects of his game, which the Arizona Coyotes desperately need.
Jamie McGinn at his Best
Jamie McGinn’s best skill, and what makes him most desirable, is his versatility.
The left-winger can play on any line and be a scoring threat. In Anaheim, McGinn spent some time on the top two lines with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Last season he helped the Ducks make it to the playoffs whilst scoring 22 goals and 39 points in 82 games on the season – eight goals and 12 points of those came as a Duck.
McGinn is also a defensive forward who is not afraid to throw his body around. Last season he held -7 rating and is -50 in his career.
“Jamie is a big, physical, power forward who scores goals and plays a gritty style,” Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka said as reported by Arizona Sports.
Jamie McGinn’s Influence
The Arizona Coyotes are a young team that is fighting to better and maintain a fan base. McGinn brings physicality, scoring and a veteran experience to Arizona. Although he does not score very many goals, he does have the capability to score and may elevate in Arizona.
In a tough and skillful Western Conference, a big body to get into the tough areas and get dirty goals can help a team, like Arizona, who struggle offensively.
McGinn has played in the Western Conference for the vast majority of his career, so his familiarity with the conference will allow him to help mentor the young players and help them adapt to the NHL.
Onwards for Jamie McGinn
In his 450 NHL games, McGinn has scored 91 goals and is going to keep on scoring. He is not going to be scoring 40 goals a season but has the ability to score a minimum of 20 goals per season. McGinn is signed for the next three years and will most likely stay for those three years giving him stability and time to adjust to Arizona’s style.
Let’s be honest, the Coyotes will not win the cup anytime soon, but they could be in playoff contention in the near future.