Position: Left Wing
Weight: 207 lbs
Birthdate: July 29, 1990
Hometown: Fergus, Ontario
Acquired: 4th round (119th overall) of 2010 entry draft
McGinn’s Major Junior hockey career began with the Ottawa 67′s of the Ontario Hockey League. He spent most of the season playing on the 4th line. He finished with11 points (3G, 8A) in 59 games. It was his first season of eligibility, but he went unselected in the 2008 entry draft.
McGinn was cut from the Ottawa 67′s after training camp when he lost his spot to some incoming rookies. He was placed on waivers, but he went unclaimed. Instead, interest came from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He signed on with the Gatineau Olympiques in October of 2008. The season was full of highs and lows. He started off on fire, tallying 11 points in his first 12 games, but his play tailed off eventually. He found himself a healthy scratch several times in the middle of the season. McGinn used it as a learning experience and decided to work even harder to remain in the lineup. His effort eventually paid off in the playoffs as he proved to be one of the Olympiques most valuable players, tying for the team lead in playoff goals with 7. He also was tied for second in scoring with 13 points in 10 games.
The Olympiques’ investment in McGinn began to pay off big time this year as he evolved into the team’s most valuable player. He lead the team in goals (27), assists (35), points (62), and plus-minus (+15) with only 50 games played. His playoff production tailed off a bit, but he still finished tied for 3rd in team scoring with 7 points (2G, 5A) in 10 games. McGinn was drafted by the Flyers during his third and final year of eligibility.
The Flyers decided to return McGinn to juniors for his overage season instead of assigning him to the AHL. He managed to post his most productive season yet, despite missing significant time due to injury. His 31 goals and 64 points in 40 games were career bests. He finished third in scoring for the Olympiques, but placed second in points-per-game. McGinn also missed significant time in the playoffs, but he performed well. His final totals were 5 goals and 8 assists in 14 games.