McGinn, 22, a fourth-round draft choice in 2010, made his NHL debut on Tuesday night for the Flyers. He skated 12 minutes and 13 seconds, forming a gritty line combination with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. Coach Peter Laviolette moved McGinn to skate with Schenn based on their familiarity from AHL Adirondack during the lockout.
McGinn made a strong impression on the Flyers' coaching staff in just 3 days of practice in an abbreviated training camp. Known as a power forward with an edge on the forecheck, McGinn was asked whether his 6-2, 205-pound build reminds some of James van Riemsdyk. He replied "probably more like Scott Hartnell."
"I've seen a lot of him," Schenn said. "I was on a line with him for probably all but the first four games of the season. He goes to the front of the net, he's a big body presence, he's a tough kid and he's willing to do what it takes to win. I think he's a bit nervous, but how could you not be? He's a second-year pro with a chance in the NHL."
Changing on the fly
With Tye McGinn in and the injured Zac Rinaldo out, Peter Laviolette shuffled his lines for Tuesday's contest. Most notably, Jake Voracek replaced Brayden Schenn on the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Voracek, who netted 49 points last season, had long been rumored as a replacement for fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr on that line.
"He can make plays," Hartnell said. "He plays with a lot of enthusiasm. I think the three of us know each other pretty well. We're lacking that attack at the net, and hopefully Jake will bring that."
Danny Briere skated with extra forward Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito in the Flyers' morning skate, the first time he'd participated in a full team skate. He was not shooting or moving the puck at full strength.
Briere, who has missed all three games to start the season with a hairline fracture in his left wrist, said he is hoping to be able to return in time for this weekend's back-to-back set in Florida. Briere is listed on the injury non-roster list and can return at any time. He is expected to visit a hand specialist again on Thursday.
"I felt a little better again today," Briere said. "There's something that prevents me from going too hard or going all out. I can't wait to be allowed to get in some contact drills or maybe a little more game situations. All I can say is I'm not too far away. Maybe the weekend, maybe not too far after that."
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