UPDATE (1:45 p.m.): Flyers confirm Rinaldo will be out a minimum of one week with a "thigh laceration," also confirming McGinn call-up.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tye McGinn’s stay with the Flyers during training camp did not last as long as he had hoped. With the season rapidly approaching, the Flyers sent McGinn - a 4th round pick in 2010 - back to AHL Adirondack last Wednesday.
Less than a week later, McGinn is back.
As reported by the Glens Falls Post-Star, McGinn was summoned back to Philadelphia on Sunday night after the Phantoms’ shootout win against Albany in Atlantic City.
McGinn, 22, could be a candidate to replace Zac Rinaldo, who required 20 stitches in his quadriceps area after being cut by an errant skate on Sunday against the Sabres, in the Flyers’ lineup on Tuesday night in New Jersey.
The answer is Tye McGinn. And even after they were told, they, still furrowed their brow, cocked their heads to the side and said, “Who?”
Unless you are a hardcore fan, it’s easy to understand their reaction. After all McGinn didn’t necessarily have a huge following.
McGinn, 22, was a fifth round draft pick by the Flyers (149th overall) in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
He played four years of junior hockey, one with Ottawa of the OHL and three with Gatineau of the QMJHL before playing his first pro season with the Adirondack Phantoms in 2011-12.
He had a decent first season in the pro ranks, netting 12 goals in 63 games with the Phantoms, but really showed signs of breaking out this season.
During the work stoppage, McGinn, posted nine goals in 30 games with the Phantoms, and developed nicely into a specialist on the power play where he was likely responsible for even more of his team’s goals because he does a fine job of screening the goalie.
And it’s not like he’s going to get pushed around at the next level as McGinn has good size at 6-2, 200 pounds and is strong on his skates.
Nevertheless, he’s not a household name, even if his big brother Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche is a little more known, entering his sixth NHL season.
But that’s O.K. as far as McGinn is concerned. He doesn’t need to do anything different than he has all along to try and stand out and get the attention of the coaches.
The fact that this is a shortened training camp means he’s going to have a very real opportunity to make the team.
“I really like to play that style,” he said. “Be a big body out there, be gritty and physical in front of the net. That’s the way it’s worked out so far. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to be a great power forward in the AHL and hopefully in the NHL one day. You just have to go out there every day, practice hard, work on your skills and hopefully that continues.”
It was not mentioned in the release. The quote was limited to the laceration.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the media on the status of forward Zac Rinaldo.
"Zac will be out a minimum of seven days with a laceration of his right thigh."
Rinaldo has appeared in both games so far this season after being recalled from the team's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, where he posted two goals and three assists for five points and 92 penalty minutes in 31 games.
The Flyers have four games in the next seven days, beginning Tuesday night in New Jersey against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Devils.