The Carolina Hurricanes’ locker room is packed with prospects this week, young players filling every seat during development camp.

Some hope to be back in the room for the Canes’ preseason training camp in September. A few can hope to be in it when the Canes’ regular season begins in October.

Brock McGinn has a chance to be there. Which, in turn, is all the forward wants – a chance.

“You always have to have that confidence that you’re going to make it,” McGinn said Monday. “You never want to put yourself down. I definitely hope I have a shot, and I feel like I do.”

So does Scott Walker, a former Canes forward who has coached McGinn with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League the past four years.

“He’s close,” Walker said Tuesday. “That’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid, to say he’s ready for the NHL, and he’s certainly not expecting anyone to give him anything. He’s going to work his butt off, and I think people will love the way he plays.”

McGinn, at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is one of the smaller forwards in camp this week. But that has never been a problem for him, his oldest brother said.

“He’s smaller out there, but the way he plays you wouldn’t know it,” Jamie McGinn, a forward for the Colorado Avalanche, said last season.

McGinn, 20, plays with a rugged edge to his game, with a penchant for hitting. The tougher the going, the better he seems to like it.

“He just has that look in his eye,” Walker said.

Walker said there have been times when he needed to slow McGinn a bit. McGinn’s open-ice hit on Connor Sills of the Plymouth Whalers in late March resulted in an eight-game suspension from the OHL.