And another birthday today for a Lightning player, Tye McGinn as he turns 26!
McGinn came to the Lightning as a free agent prior to the 2015-16 season. He has 89 games of NHL experience to along with 235 AHL games. McGinn was drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers as an overage prospect. McGinn was a late bloomer that had started in the OHL, went to the GOJHL and then finally found a spot in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques. His final year in Juniors was played in Gatineau under the Syracuse Crunch’s new coach, Benoit Groulx.
McGinn started his professional career with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL in 2011-12 and made his NHL debut the next season after the lockout with the Flyers. After another year of splitting time between the Phantoms and Flyers in 2013-14, the Flyers traded McGinn to the San Jose Sharks for a third round pick. He played 33 games with the Sharks before being placed and waivers and claimed by the Arizona Coyotes where he finished the year with 18 games.
The Coyotes declined to tender him a contract and he became an unrestricted free agent. Steve Yzerman picked him up on a one-year two-way contract. He played most of last season with the Syracuse Crunch, but also appeared in two games with the Lightning. He was a restricted free agent following the season and was re-signed to another one-year two-way contract to serve as veteran leadership and offensive skill for Syracuse and a depth forward for Tampa Bay.