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About Last Season: Brock McGinn Performance Review and Grade

Brock McGinn made the transition to an NHL regular this season, but was it good enough?

Jamie Kellner

Brock McGinn: 2016-17 By the Numbers

  • Age: 23
  • NHL Seasons: 2
  • Games Played: 57
  • Scoring: 7g, 9a, 16 points
  • Ice Time per Game: 11:59 in all situations, 11:08 ES, 0:04 PP, 0:47 PK
  • 5-on-5 Stats: 50.4% CF, 38.0% GF
  • Contract Status: Completed the third year of a 3 year entry level contract, pending RFA

Making the Grade

After playing 21 games with the Hurricanes in the 2015-2016 campaign, Brock McGinn had high hopes of making the team out of camp this season. It didn’t come to pass right away, though, as the former 2nd round pick started the season with the Charlotte Checkers. McGinn put up five goals and eight points in nine games with the Checkers before being called up on November 12th.

McGinn came to Raleigh on a mission and never did return to Charlotte. Playing in 57 games and tallying a career-high 16 points, McGinn brought a physical presence to the Canes lineup that was drastically needed, posting 91 hits while serving as a reliable penalty killer.

Many scouts and fans have been high on McGinn for years because of his physical game. In juniors and the AHL, McGinn has thrown some very heavy hits and has gotten the attention of the other teams. While never an offensive juggernaut, his 16 points is enough to show the potential for a solid 4th liner going forward.

That said, nothing is for sure for McGinn who will again have to prove himself in training camp to earn a spot out of the gate. If he can add a little more offense to his game he could truly become a very good bottom six forward. The biggest advantage he has is his physicality, so he must play his game and play it well.

With a young Canes team that needs a few guys to protect their star players, they will look towards guys like McGinn to provide that element. The sky is the limit for McGinn, but only time will tell if he transitions to a full-time NHLer next year or if he will again be a back and forth call-up going forward.

Exit Interview


How do you grade Brock McGinn’s 2016-17 performance?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    A - significantly outperformed expectations
    (7 votes)
  • 31%
    B - outperformed expectations
    (60 votes)
  • 56%
    C - met expectations
    (110 votes)
  • 8%
    D - underperformed expectations
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    F - significantly underperformed expectations
    (0 votes)
193 votes total Vote Now