The Carolina Hurricanes have added some brotherly love to the organization today, as Jamie McGinn has agreed to a professional tryout with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. McGinn’s younger brother Brock McGinn plays for the Hurricanes, which is still a target for the older forward:
I took some time off this summer which I really think let things heal. Getting back into it now feels great. I’m excited for the opportunity and hopefully it can evolve to bigger things and maybe I can go play with my brother Brock. It came down to that once in a lifetime opportunity to play with a family member, that would be pretty special.
McGinn, 31, played just 23 total games last season split between the Florida Panthers and Springfield Thunderbirds after back surgery kept him out for much of the year. His play was obviously not up to his previous standards, but if he can return to form there’s no reason why his NHL career has to be over.
A second round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2006, McGinn has played more than 600 NHL games and scored 13 goals and 29 points in 2017-18 for the Panthers. He had twice been a 20-goal scorer previously and is a physical force on the ice that can be a valuable depth option. For now, he’ll join an AHL franchise that is looking to defend their Calder Cup championship.