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McGinn quickly has become top-six forward

The Sports Xchange

The 2012-13 season promises to be an interesting one for Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn, who will begin a year as a top-six forward for the first time in what will be his fifth NHL season.

A 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, McGinn showed surprising scoring potential with the Avalanche last year following his Feb. 27 acquisition from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for TJ Galiardi and Daniel Winnik. After collecting 12 goals and 12 assists in 61 games with the Sharks, McGinn totaled eight goals and five assists in just 17 games with Colorado.

McGinn parlayed his newfound success into a two-year, $3.5 million contract, a hefty raise from the $680,000 he made last season. McGinn was a restricted free agent and had elected to go to salary arbitration, but he and the Avalanche came to terms before the scheduled hearing.

"Jamie made an immediate impact from the time he joined our organization," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said.

McGinn, 23, skated at left wing on a line with center Paul Stastny and right wing David Jones. He had a plus-1 rating with the Avalanche and contributed three power-play goals while adding a much needed physical presence in front of the net.

McGinn took full advantage of his increased ice time -- he averaged 16:49 in Colorado, 12:33 in San Jose -- and became the first Avalanche player in seven years to score as many as seven goals in his first eight games with the team.

The Avalanche too often struggled to score goals last season, but the team managed to stay in the hunt for a playoff position until the final week. The offense should be better and more balanced in 2012-13 with McGinn and Steve Downie, another late season pickup, in the lineup from the start along with the addition of free agent forward P.A. Parenteau, who on July 1 signed a four-year, $16 million deal.

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