With the 47th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected unproven, undersized forward Brock McGinn. In two years, Brock McGinn turned what seemed to be a stretch pick into a gem.
Following his draft year, Brock McGinn tallied 54 points in 68 games for the Guelph Storm in the OHL. That was up from 19 points in 33 games in the 2011-2012 season. Brock’s career season ended up giving him a few games with the Charlotte Checkers at the end of the 2012-2013 season. He was pointless in 4 games with the team. Brock McGinn’s big year would look puny compared to his 2013-2014 season.
Brock McGinn shocked the OHL with a career-high 85 point season in the 2013-2014 season. His 43 goals, 42 assists, and +46 rating blew all of his previous career highs out of the water. McGinn is now 20-years-old. He is set to become a professional hockey player next season, but it is unclear as to where he will be playing.
The Fergus, Ontario native could start in a bottom-six role for the Carolina Hurricanes next season. Brock McGinn plays big for his size. He is a moderately sized 6’0″, 185 pound forward, but his physical play, toughness, and bone-crushing hits would indicate otherwise.
Now that Brock McGinn’s offense has finally developed, it makes him a much more attractive option for the Carolina Hurricanes’ bottom-six as soon as next season. If he impresses in training camp, McGinn could even compete for a top-six role in the lineup.
Brock McGinn may be ready to play in the NHL, but he should only play there if he is getting the appropriate time. It makes absolutely no sense to stick him on the fourth-line with no playing time. At 20-years-old, Brock McGinn needs to be in a spot to succeed, not sit on the bench all game.
Tom Wilson is a good example of this. The Washington Capitals’ forward played the entire season on the fourth line with Adam Oates making the decisions. Should Wilson be playing under ten minutes per game on the fourth line? Absolutely not. He is a big, young power forward who can turn out to be a very good player, but they used him in a role that didn’t use his strengths very well. He was basically just a fighter this year in the bottom-six, and he is much more than that.
If given the option between fourth line time in the NHL or top-six time in the AHL for Brock McGinn, I think the obvious answer is top-six time in the AHL. Brock McGinn needs to get playing time.
Brock McGinn is ready to make an impact at the pro level. The only question is whether it will be for the Carolina Hurricanes or Charlotte Checkers.