Who is Jamie McGinn, of the Buffalo Sabres?

This year skating around the ice for the Buffalo is number 88, Jamie McGinn, who was a part of the huge deal made over the summer with the Colorado Avalanche that gave us Ryan O’Reilly in exchange for Mikhail Grigorenko, defenseman Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and Buffalo’s first second-round pick in last year’s draft.

He scored his first goal in the blue and gold against the Flyers this past Tuesday (Oct. 27) on a tipped shot from Larsson to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead in the game. In the 9 games so far Jamie has accrued 2 assists so far as well, giving him 3 points overall.

But who is Jamie Mcginn?

McGinn, a native of Fergus, Ontario, was born in 1988, was drafted in 2006 by San Jose, and bounced between the Sharks and their farm team for 5 seasons, where his goal per season high was 19 in the 2008-‘09 season.  He was eventually traded to the Avalance during the ’11-’12 in February.  As a bit of a shock to him that was traded, he quickly changed to excited for a fresh start in Colorado.  With a total of 39 goals, a totally of 79 points over four years, McGinn was a somewhat successful left winger who shined with his toughness.

After being plagued by injuries for 3 out of the 4 seasons with Colorado, he was traded with O’Reilly this past summer to the Buffalo Sabres.  Hoping to stay healthy and produce a lot of points for Buffalo, McGinn is again starting fresh (on an East coast team this time).  As of October, 28th he is on a line with David Legwand and Marcus Foligno.  After the game Jamie gave some insight on how he plays hockey, and how to look ahead without Evander Kane in the line-up.

"That's what a team is all about.  Can't rely on one guy. If one guy goes down, everyone else picks up the pieces. We have a lot of skill on this team, a lot of heart, and we have the pieces to be able to continue to move forward. We wish [Kane] a speedy recovery, but we need to win hockey games and continue working hard, and it's definitely in this room."

He’s excited to be on the Sabres this season, and I think we as fans are excited to see what he can do, after coming from a very successful mile-high team in the Avalanche.



(photo credit to USAtoday.com)