Unlike other professional sports teams in their city, the Philadelphia Flyers have no shortage of young talent. In recent years, there’s been a surplus of young players hoping to earn a spot, even if just for a game, playing for the Flyers. Last year, rookie Tye McGinn made a splash with Flyers fans as a hard-hitting left winger, a role that will surely continue in the 2013-2014 season.
The younger-brother of San Jose Sharks winger Jamie McGinn, Tye McGinn was drafted 119th overall in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL draft. Relatively unknown at the time of the draft, McGinn started with the Adirondack Phantoms in 2011. In his 109 AHL games, he’s notched 26 goals and 18 assists for 44 points.
In 18 games last season with the Flyers, McGinn tallied three goals and two assists for five points, while averaging 12 minutes and 45 seconds of ice time per game. While his numbers were not particularly noteworthy, McGinn made smart decisions on the ice and very few mistakes.
More notable than McGinns’ offensive ability is his aggressiveness and willingness to drop the gloves. In his first NHL fight, McGinn handily defeated Kris Newbury of the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, a loss to Mike Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs resulted in a broken orbital bone, swollen face and four weeks on the bench nursing his injury.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound 22-year-old isn’t afraid to throw his body around and stand up for his teammates. He manages his aggressiveness well, resulting in minimal unwarranted penalties. McGinn has shown that he’s a true Broad Street Bully, something fans should enjoy throughout this coming season.