CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – There was a apparent absence in the course of the to start with day of the Florida Panthers 2018-19 instruction camp on Friday, as it was announced shortly ahead of the staff took the ice that Jamie McGinn will be out indefinitely immediately after undergoing profitable again surgical procedures.
“Definitely a guy you are not able to definitely exchange,” heart Jared McCann stated. “We are likely to have to check out. I hope he’s Okay and I hope he would make a fast recovery… surely an individual has to stage up. I’m likely to check out and do my element anywhere the coaches see me.”
McGinn put in the greater part of last season taking part in alongside McCann on Florida’s 3rd line and was penciled in for a similar role this season. Acquired in a trade with Arizona late last summer season, the 30-calendar year-previous introduced a reputable veteran presence to the Panthers, putting up 13 plans and 16 helps whilst averaging 13:27 of ice time in 76 game titles in the course of the 2017-18 marketing campaign.
A veteran of 598 NHL game titles, McGinn’s expertise was also key down the extend. As the staff clawed its way to inside of one level of the playoffs, he played some of his greatest minutes in late April, putting up two helps whilst averaging 16:17 a night time about the ultimate five game titles of the season.
McGinn beforehand had again surgical procedures in December of 2014, which restricted him to just 19 game titles with Colorado that season. Due to the fact then, nonetheless, he’s managed to stay fairly healthful, averaging 77 game titles per season about the earlier three seasons with Anaheim, Arizona and Florida.
Though the Panthers initially hoped that McGinn wouldn’t have to go beneath the knife yet again, coach Bob Boughner stated that “it just acquired to the level exactly where something wanted to be done.” With the season set to get started on Oct. 6 in Tampa, Boughner stated he expects McGinn to skip “months.”
“He was in this article early,” Boughner stated, incorporating that McGinn felt great at the stop of last calendar year. “He was skating with the guys, operating with the guys, but just reaggravated [his back] yet again. He played definitely nicely for us, in the second 50 percent of the season primarily.”
Having endured a again surgical procedures of his have in 2015, Nick Bjugstad stated he understands what McGinn is likely by proper now and thinks that he’ll be missed both of those on and off the ice.
“He is amazing,” Bjugstad stated. “Tremendous bummed out, of course. Any time you have to get surgical procedures it really is no enjoyment. He experienced something like that a few a long time back, so he’s been by it. I wish him the greatest on recovery and we are likely to skip him for a whilst. With any luck , he arrives again quicker than later. In the meantime we are likely to have to check out and maintain the fort down. With any luck , he’s about for the reason that he’s a enjoyment guy to have in the locker area, a joy to be about.”
In hunting for McGinn’s substitute, the Panthers have no lack of solutions.
At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, McGinn served as a solid net presence for the Panthers and did a ton of critical function in the soiled places. In point, of his 13 plans, five came off rebounds. In searching at the depth chart, there appears to be two massive-bodied forwards all set to fill that void — second-calendar year professional Maxim Mamin (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) and veteran Troy Brouwer (6-3, 215 pounds).
Right before signing a one-calendar year offer with the Panthers on Aug. 27, Brouwer, the lone Stanley Cup winner on Florida’s roster immediately after tasting victory with Chicago in 2010, stated he was knowledgeable of McGinn’s diagnosis and the opening it introduced. With 763 standard-season NHL game titles beneath his belt, the 33-calendar year-previous thinks his playstyle is extremely similar to what the staff shed in McGinn.
“We have played similar designs,” stated Brouwer, who posted 22 details in 76 game titles with Calgary last season. “For me, to be equipped to fit into that role, ideally, and aid out exactly where I can. I’m a guy that likes to be in the corners, be in front of the net, go get the pucks, give them to my teammates and allow them do their matter.”
As for Mamin, the 23-calendar year-previous is coming off fairly the rookie season.
After building his NHL debut on Jan. 7, the Panthers went on to put up a 21-3-2 record with Mamin in the lineup. And whilst you would be outrageous to give Mamin sole credit history for that torrid extend, there was no denying his all-about contributions, even if he did rating just three plans in 26 game titles.
“He operates really hard,” McCann stated of Mamin, who he shared time with on the 3rd line last season. “He is a skilled guy. He is acquired that Russian mentality, exactly where he can change it on any time he desires. He is a particular player for sure.”
Though Brouwer and Mamin both of those make sense as gamers that could exchange McGinn’s production, they are not the only solutions. With as many as 14 gamers preventing for just a handful of spots in the Panthers base-six at instruction camp, the prospect is absolutely there for an individual to stage up.
“He’ll be missed, but it really is an prospect for an individual else,” Boughner stated.