It took just two games for the Philadelphia Flyers to have to make a roster move due to injury. GM Paul Holmgren has announced that Zac Rinaldo will miss at least a week of action due to a “thigh laceration”. Rinaldo was hurt midway through the first period when Buffalo Sabres‘ defenseman Robyn Regehr‘s skate cut Rinaldo. He never returned to the game, and it was later reported that it took 20 stitches to close up the gash. If Rinaldo stays on that one week timeline, he’ll miss at least 3 games, but should return versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 27th.
The man replacing Rinaldo in the Flyers lineup certainly came as a bit of surprise. It was widely expected that Tom Sestito would jump into the vacant 4th line spot, but the Flyers opted to go with Tye McGinn instead. The 22 year old McGinn was drafted by Philadelphia in the 4th round of the 2010 draft, and has been with the Adirondack Phantoms since 2011. In 33 games this season, McGinn has 11 goals and 4 assists.
In a scouting report, Hockeysfuture.com had this to say about McGinn:
Though his brother Jamie McGinn, who spent his entire career in the OHL and was drafted by the Sharks, has a decent offensive upside, Tye McGinn’s offensive capabilities come up a little short. Even without the talent, he found a nice offensive niche for himself in the QMJHL by learning where to be on the ice. He’s a smart hockey player with size and physicality. He fits the mold of a role-player who can fit in well with Philadelphia’s system.
McGinn was with the Flyers during their shortened training camp and certainly impressed head coach Peter Laviolette, hence the call up for him instead of Sestito. He will be available for Tuesday’s game versus the New Jersey Devils, and will wear #15.
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