The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft after trading theirs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Jordan Staal deal, but the team still held on to two picks in the second round and it seems the second one was not a waste.
While Phil Di Giuseppe has impressed with the Michigan Wolverines, it’s been Brock McGinn that has scored at a lethal rate.
The 19-year-old has 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 26 games with the Guelph Storm of the OHL. The production has McGinn sitting in fourth in the league in scoring (fellow Canes prospect Sergey Tolchinsky is in sixth) and only 11 points behind his career high in juniors.
McGinn has scored his goals in a variety of ways. He’s not afraid to go into the dirty areas to get the puck, but also has a shot. It’s also led to a spectacular consistency for McGinn as he has recorded a point in every game except one this season.
But offense isn’t the Ontario native’s only asset, as McGinn can play the defensive side of the puck, playing on the Storm’s penalty kill.
Last season was also a productive year for McGinn, who scored 54 points in 68 games. In April, the Hurricanes signed him to an entry-level contract, which allowed McGinn to join the Charlotte Checkers for the end of the regular season and playoff stretch.
The 5-foot-11 left winger played four regular season games and two playoff matches, but did not record a single point.
But McGinn has showed he has the tools NHL teams want. The ability to play in his own zone, while battle in the corners and create scoring opportunities makes him a valuable prospect for the Hurricanes.
Next season, McGinn will have a shot at making the Canes roster as a 20-year-old and with his skill set, he stands a decent shot. If he doesn’t make it, he’ll have a chance to develop in the AHL like Victor Rask.