This was a follow-up question I asked Randy Hahn after talking about young players on the Sharks who we should look for contributions from in 2010-11. To see that question, read the companion piece on Shark-Infested Blogger.
MJ Kasprzak: You mentioned McGinn, and I was following the stats for blocked shots and things. I know, while I’m watching a game, I’m too emotionally invested in it—I don’t always know that it was Jamie McGinn that blocked that shot.
For the amount of minutes that he put out there, I think he was our best forward in blocks per minute on the ice. So even though he didn’t have that defining goal that you mentioned with (Logan) Couture, I think he played very well in the playoffs.
Randy Hahn: Yeah, and like all young players, it’s about consistency and being able to be relied upon to bring the same kind of effort and energy in every shift. And you know, they say the second-hardest thing in hockey is to make it to the NHL.
The hardest thing is to stay there, because once you get there, you are expected to be that good every night.
And if you’re not, there’s a whole minor league team of guys who are chomping at the bit to get a shot at the Big Show, who would just love to take your job if you stumble.
So this is the next level for these guys. They’ve shown they can play in the NHL. Now next year comes the real test, and that’s, "can you stay in the NHL."
And then that’s the beginning of a career. Just getting there is not enough. You gotta prove you can stay, and I hope those guys have it in ‘em.
From everything I’ve seen, they do.
Then there’s always somebody who comes out of training camp who wasn’t on the radar. And you know, we’ve seen it in the past with (Marc-Edouard) Vlasic or (Jason) Demers or Torrey Mitchell, you know, players that nobody really thought that much about going into camp.
And all of a sudden, they make the team and make big contributions, and undoubtedly there’ll be somebody like that, too.