There are numerous ways in which the Colorado Avalanche have found good value in the players they have brought to the team. They have found it in players they drafted themselves. They've found it in players other teams took a late flier on but then let go of. They've found it in undrafted players. In the case of forward Jamie McGinn, the Avalanche found value in a player that another team had hoped would become very good, but gave up on too soon.
McGinn was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft (36th overall), and debuted as a rookie in the 2008-2009 season. Given where they drafted him, it is safe to say the Sharks were hoping McGinn would develop into a productive, reliable top-6 forward. He has become exactly that, just not for the Sharks.
In four seasons playing for San Jose, McGinn had a total of 27 goals and 22 assists, a yearly average of seven goals and five or six assists. That is very meager production for someone who was supposed to become a second line forward. McGinn was coming along however, as about half of those numbers came in his fourth year alone, but apparently the Sharks weren't satisfied with how he was developing, so they traded him to Colorado. All the Avalanche had to give up for McGinn was depth forward T.J. Galiardi, who has made a living on the third and fourth lines on the NHL teams he has played for.
By now, it is clear that Colorado got the better end of that deal. Since joining the Avalanche in March of 2012, McGinn has scored 38 goals and 35 assists in two seasons worth of games (143). Last season, he set career highs in goals (19), assists (19), and points (38). He usually plays on the second line, but has had to fill in on the top line numerous times because of injury. He is now the true top-6 forward that San Jose didn't wait long enough for him to become.
Heading into next season, McGinn should continue in his recently secured role on the second line. He has proven his worth to the team, and based on the musings of television personalities, he is very well liked by all in the locker room. For the Avalanche, Jamie McGinn is yet another example of how the team's scouting and coaching staffs have done a great job of building this team.
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