Originally written on Shutdown Line  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Using the pick they acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the Ian White trade last year, the Hurricanes added another winger to their organization by selecting LW Brock McGinn of the Guelph Storm. McGinn is the brother of Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche and most recently finished his second year with the Storm in the OHL. He missed about half of the season with a wrist injury and finished the year with 12 goals, 18 points in 33 games. He also missed six games last season after being suspended for a hit from behind earlier in the year.

It was hard to dig up a lot of information about McGinn because he was projected to go outside the top 100 by a lot of scouts and he wasn't exactly a coveted prospect in this draft. His stat line wasn't particularly impressive last year and most of the scouting reports say that he is more suited for a checking/third line type of role. He also isn't very big for someone in that role (5' 11"/174 lbs) but he is only 18 so hopefully he can size up a little bit. This pick looks like a major reach for the Canes and the opinions from some of the experts reflect this sentiment.

Hockey's Future

"McGinn was named an assistant captain for Guelph in his second season but appeared in just 33 games – missing over two months after suffering a wrist injury in December. He scored 12 goals with 6 assists and was minus-two with 25 penalty minutes. McGinn skated in all six playoff games during the Storm’s series with Plymouth. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-three with 8 penalty minutes. McGinn was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 49th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft."

 

The Prospect Blog

Brock McGinn / Left Wing / 5’11″ / 172 / Feb. 2, 1994

"McGinn has had an interesting season. Missing a significant period of hockey with an injury, but when he was healthy he showed good progression in the offensive side of his game. He brought a good compete level to the ice every time I saw him, and was a good skater. Areas to work on include his three-zone play, as well as his core strength. He should be a mid round draft selection for the NHL Draft."

The Hurricanes definitely went off the board a bit with this pick as McGinn's ceiling doesn't appear to be that high and he has some injury concerns on top of that. Some other bloggers have more confidence in him. Red Line Report says that he is an "underrated" prospect in this draft, Mark Edwards of HockeyProspect.com believes that he can be a good player in the NHL if he gets a little bigger and International Scouting Services praises his determination and gritty playing style.

There is no doubt that these are nice assets to have but one would think that the Hurricanes could have gotten McGinn much later in the draft than they did here. He was projected to be a mid-round pick and the Canes had seven more selections in this draft so it's easy to believe that he could have been available later and the Hurricanes didn't need to spend one of their second rounders on him. The Hurricanes scouting staff either saw something in him that others didn't or they believe he fills an area of need more than others who were available.

Given that this pick came in the top 50 and how easy it is to find checking forwards, it isn't a stretch to say that this pick could have been used better. I'll refrain from saying anything else until I see more of McGinn at prospect camp and in junior hockey this coming season.

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