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Rising to the Occasion

It’s no surprise that rising NHL rookies Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are leading the Phantoms this year. Schenn with his 26 points from his 11 goals and 15 assists and Coots with his 20 points accumulated from 7 goals and 13 assists. But these two are not the only stars lighting up the scoreboard for The Phantoms.

Erik Gustafsson is also doing well in the 3rd spot with 14 points, but we really want to talk about budding star Tye McGinn. McGinn is just behind Gustafsson, but he is starting to become known for his ability to take a power play opportunity and shovel the puck down his opponent’s zone. With the help from his teammates, he has also been able to slap the puck past a goalie’s crease so much on the power play that half of his 8 recorded goals have been power play goals.

He may only have 2 assists and 10 points this season so far, but his performance on the ice is only a foreshadowing on what he’s capable of doing.  This is his second season in the AHL with the Phantoms and looking at his stats from last year, we can already see his improvement on the ice. Last year he had 28 points, 20 goals and 8 assists. Having only played 20 games so far this season, he’s well on his way to surpassing his previous record.

Before heading to the Phantoms, McGinn played a few seasons in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques. He was selected by the Flyers in the 2010 NHL Draft in the 4th round, 119th overall. Tye is not the only hockey player in his family. His brother Jamie, should be recognizable to West Coast fans, as he is a forward for the San Jose Sharks.

McGinn has so much potential to be a good hockey player, which is clearly evident by his name continuing to pop up on the score board. Maybe once this lockout fiasco has resolved we will see him get his chance to play for the Flyers.

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