McGinn tallied two assists in Friday night's win over the Hurricanes. McGinn produced the two points in only 7:58 TOI. Unfortunately, that output is anomalous to what has otherwise been a poor offensive season. He has just eight points in 22 games.
After missing the previous practice, McGinn returned to the ice Wednesday, reports NHL.com's Joe Yerdon. McGinn took a maintenance day Tuesday after recording an assist, three shots on goal and four hits Sunday against the Islanders. The Sabres play Thursday against Tampa Bay and McGinn is expected to play. Given head coach Dan Bylsma's propensity to mix up the lines, McGinn could play anywhere, but in all likelihood it'll be in a bottom-six role.
McGinn did not attend Tuesday's practice, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News. McGinn scored an assist and finished with 11:00 TOI Sunday against the Islanders, and no reason was given for his absence at practice. The Sabres don't play until Thursday against Tampa Bay, so if McGinn is simply banged up he'll have some time to get healthy.
McGinn was practicing on the second line at Tuesday's practice. McGinn played on the right wing with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane for the second straight practice, which means that he might stay there for good if the chemistry continues to develop. Acquired in a trade along with Ryan O'Reilly, McGinn said he could be more than just a checking line winger. He's logging consistent power-play time but played just 8:46 in his previous game. His situation is one to watch but until he's a fixture in the top-six, he'll continue to have minimal fantasy value.
Jamie McGinn netted two goals, including one on the power play, and added a fighting major in Friday night's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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