|Sharks prospect Jamie McGinn (2006, 2nd round, 36th overall) is turning heads and making it known that he is ready to compete for ice time. |
Sharks prospect Jamie McGinn is turning heads and making it known that he is ready to compete for ice time. San Jose’s second round pick (36th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft has been impressive in his time with the Sharks and with Training Camp set to open on Friday, the 19-year-old left wing doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.
After a two-game sweep over the Anaheim Ducks rookies in Southern California this past weekend, McGinn and the Sharks rookies are back in San Jose. And with Rookie Camp winding down, the battle for ice time has officially begun.
“It was nice to get down there, get a day of travel in and we had a chance to get used to their arena a little bit,” said McGinn who was one of San Jose's three alternate captains for the pair of scrimmages in Anaheim. “We didn’t have a very strong team practice, but we definitely brought our A-game in the opener. I thought we played pretty well defensively and Timo [goaltender Timo Pielmeier] stood on his head the whole game.”
Last season McGinn excelled in the talented Ontario Hockey League (OHL), playing on a line with fellow Sharks prospect Logan Couture (2007, 1st round, 9th overall). McGinn led the Ottawa 67s with 89 points (46+43=89) in just 68 games while Couture followed closely with 78 points (26+52=78) in 54 games. McGinn’s 46 goals were good for seventh in the League while his 89 points made him the 17th ranked scorer.
In addition to McGinn and Couture, defenseman Derek Joslin (2005, 5th round, 149th overall) also played for the 67s last season. Defenseman Brad Staubitz played in Ottawa two seasons ago. Having so many familiar faces together in such an unfamiliar place is comforting to the Fergus, Ontario native.
“(Brad) Staubitz played with me my first year (in Ottawa), Derek (Joslin) has been with me the whole way and I’ve been with Logan (Couture) the last two years,” said McGinn. “We’re coming to a new place. We don’t know too many people out here but knowing a couple guys from back home has made the transition a little easier. You feel more comfortable.”
|Last season McGinn excelled in the talented Ontario Hockey League (OHL), playing on a line with fellow Sharks prospect Logan Couture (2007, 1st round, 9th overall). |
Last season during the OHL Playoffs, McGinn posted six points (5+1=6) but the 67s were bounced from postseason play after just five games. Although it was disappointing at the time, it opened another possibility that the young forward swiftly seized. The American Hockey League was in the final stages of the regular season and because the 67s season was over, McGinn was eligible to play in the AHL.
McGinn was signed to an amateur tryout with the Worcester Sharks, San Jose’s top development AHL affiliate. The talented pivot appeared in Worcester’s final four regular season games and all six playoff games netting a goal and an assist. For his performance while on tryout, he was rewarded with his first professional contract, signing on April 23, 2007.
While signing his first professional contract was a dream come true, his time in Worcester also provided valuable experience that he is able to draw on this year in camp.
“Stepping up there at the end of the year, I was 18 and it was a big step for me,” said McGinn. “The tempo was a lot higher than I expected and the guys were a lot bigger and stronger. I had a lot of training to do this summer to get prepared, but I had a better idea of what the tempo was going to be up here. It’s been a great experience so far and I hope to stick around as long as I can.”
At the ripe age of 19, McGinn is poised to compete for ice time within this organization for years to come.
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TRAINING CAMP OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The San Jose Sharks are scheduled to practice and scrimmage on the South Rink at Sharks Ice at San Jose on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The entrance for fans to the South Rink will be at the hangar doors at back end of the rink closest to Muni Stadium.
Fans will not be permitted to enter through the main entryway due to previously scheduled events. For more information check back on www.sjsharks.com. All schedules and practices are subject to change. For the most up to date training camp schedule, click here.