It is always risky when you deal within your conference against a team you will could be battling for a playoff spot, but San Jose thought it better to have depth than production with a deal that sent McGinn to Colorado for two role players.
In McGinn’s first full NHL season, the 23 year old is putting up respectable numbers with 12 goals and 12 assists. However, he is currently the third best left winger on the roster and for a team that is looking to compete now, he is not the answer.
The Sharks get forward T.J. Galiardi and left wing Daniel Winnik, along with the seventh rounder.
Both Galiardi and Winnik are role players with not much upside other than adding to the roster some semi-reliable play. The depth is more valuable as they head into the home stretch.
Colorado is in the playoff hunt, but still has a long way to go before being a serious contender. McGinn represents a good solid player that they could begin to form into a go-to guy. He has all the potential to be one, but it will take some time to develop.