The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed AHL forward Tye McGinn to a one-year two-way deal on Thursday, however, the financials haven’t been revealed. Originally drafted 119th overall in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, McGinn has spent most of his pro years within the Lightning’s organization.
He made his pro debut in 2011-12 with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. That season Tye put up 18 points (12 goals and 6 assists) in 63 games along with 45 penalty minutes. The following season he would get his shot in the NHL with Philadelphia but after putting up just five points in 18 games he was sent back down to Adirondack. 2013-14 was much of the same for Tye as he would then again put up another five points in 18 games with the Flyers before being sent back down.
In 2014-15, Tye was on the move to the San Jose Sharks where he enjoyed 33 games of the season. And in doing so put up another five points. Later that year he went to the Arizona Coyotes and played 18 games for the team while putting up one goal and one assist. The following year is when he joined Tampa’s organization as he played only two games for the Lightning in 2015-16. But down in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch, he tallied a very respectable 20 goals along with 24 assists for 44 points in 72 games along with 53 penalty minutes.
Tye would stay within Tampa’s organization in 2016-17 but this time for the Crunch alone. He would play 21 games for the team and in doing so put up 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points, nearly a point-per-game. He was also a plus player that season too with a rating of plus one.
McGinn will most likely spend his time down in the AHL again, but after some moves made by the Lightning in the off-season, he could see some roster time in the NHL. How much? Well, we’ll have to wait and see.