There were very few positives to come out of the Flyers’ ugly 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay just over a week ago.

But one silver lining, according to Danny Briere – and one that has continued to pay off – was the play of rookie Tye McGinn.

“We had a terrible game, but I remember leaving that game and saying to a few of the guys around, ‘This kid can play,’” Briere said. “He’s fun to play with. He makes a lot of room. He creates a lot of turnovers. He’s always on the puck. I was very impressed with the first time I had to play with him.”

McGinn, 22, has found himself on the Flyers’ top line alongside Briere and Claude Giroux, thanks to the concussion Wayne Simmonds suffered in Washington, D.C. last Friday. He remained on the line for Saturday’s win over the Carolina Hurricanes, and he’ll likely stay there for the foreseeable future.

He’s a natural fit. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, McGinn is the kind of player Giroux has needed out on the ice with him. In the brief time he’s played on the first line, he’s helped take some of the pressure off of the Flyers’ captain by using his size to create space and win puck battles along the boards. The chemistry, Giroux agreed, was instant.

“He’s playing well for us,” Giroux said. “He’s a big kid, he protects the puck well. Me and Danny are having fun playing with him. Off the ice, he’s a great guy, too. He’s good to have around the room.”

It’s been a strange season for McGinn, who began his campaign in Glens Falls with the Adirondack Phantoms. He was invited to the Flyers’ abbreviated training camp last month, but was sent back to the AHL after only four days. In 33 games with the Phantoms this season he netted 11 goals – just one shy of his total in 63 games a year ago.

McGinn returned to the Flyers on Jan. 22 against the New Jersey Devils and was immediately entrusted with time on the power play. But when Zac Rinaldo returned on Jan. 29, McGinn was scratched. In the two games since, he’s averaged about 16 minutes on the ice, and his responsibilities have grown.

“It’s been up and down, but it’s been a great journey for me,” he said. “The organization has been unbelievable to me with all the positive things they’ve said to me, and I’m just trying to do my best to contribute back to the Flyers organization.”