Chris Tierney Recalled by San Jose Sharks; Tye McGinn Placed on IR


The San Jose Sharks announced Tuesday that they have recalled F Chris Tierney from the Worcester Sharks in the AHL and have placed F Tye McGinn on the Injured Reserve.

Tierney has totaled 24 points (7g+17a) in 26 games for Worcester so far this season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound, 2012 second-round pick (55th overall) also has contributed 10 PIMs and is a +6 for the surprisingly playoff bubble Worcester squad. The 20-year-old has also spent 14 games in San Jose this season tallying 2 assists and 4 PIMs and is a -3.

Prior to this season, Tierney spent four seasons with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He had 72 goals and 119 assists for 191 points in 247 games over the course of those four years. He finished increasingly better as the years went on, finishing 16th on the team in points (11) in his first season, 10th (34) on the team in his second season, fifth (57) the next and finally, second (89) in his last season.

I have big hopes for the former Knights’ captain as he has shown that he can have a huge upside. His stats so far this season in the NHL do not accurately represent his skills and abilities, but the rookie should be a good second-line forward for San Jose in the near future.

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McGinn, 24, is in his first full season in the NHL, and he has tallied just a goal and four assists in 32 games in San Jose this season. The Sharks acquired the 6-foot-2, 205-pound winger last summer from the Philadelphia Flyers, where he scored seven goals and three assists in 36 games split equally over the last two seasons.

He has been up and down from the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms the last two seasons, scoring 35 points (20g+15a) in 54 games last season, and 26 points (14g+12a) in 46 games the season before that. Prior to those seasons, Philadelphia’s 2010 fourth-round pick scored 18 points (6g+12a) in his first season with the Phantoms. He also racked up 161 PIMs with the Phantoms, who tally quite a few of those.

Three years prior to being drafted, McGinn played 59 games for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s, scoring three goals and nine assists. He then moved to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he spent the next three seasons. In his first season, he tallied eight goals and 20 assists for 30 points in 48 games for the Gatineau Olympiques. In the season leading up to his draft year, he more than doubled his point total to 62 (27g+35a) in 50 games. In his final season, he scored 31 goals and added 33 helpers in just 42 games that season.

McGinn should not be too big of a loss for the Sharks. He has definitely underperformed this season in his first year in teal. I do not like to weigh a player’s first season with a new team as much, because the player has to get used to his new team and surroundings. He is still young, so if San Jose does decide to keep him, I still have high hopes for him in the future.

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