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by Paul on 03/14/12 at 02:11 PM ET
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBAYAREA,
The Sharks have just 12 goals since the trade, or 1.50 per game. Compare that to the eight previous games with McGinn still in the lineup, and San Jose had 24, or 3.0 per game.
Simply put, this is a team that, as it stands right now, doesn’t have enough scorers. If it misses the postseason tournament for the first time since 2003, the McGinn trade will end up being a big reason why.
While McGinn wasn’t one of the most prolific point producers on the Sharks, the 23-year-old was in the midst of his best season as a pro. He had 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points, and coach Todd McLellan was complimentary of his improving game for virtually the entire season when asked about his rugged winger.
His presence and steady game also allowed McLellan to keep his top two scoring lines generally intact, give or take some tinkering here and there. Everything was in place.
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