The Carolina Hurricanes have resigned forward Jeff Skinner to a multi-year contract extension. It was first announced by Hurricanes President & General Manager Jim Rutherford himself via his Twitter account.
TSN's Bob McKenzie has reported that the deal is expected to be for 6 years at $5,750,000 per year. That would bring the total amount to $34,500,000 by the time the contract expires.
The new contract will not begin until the 2013-14 season kicks off. Skinner is already signed through this season.
Selected with the #7 pick in the 2010 NHL draft, Skinner jumped straight into the NHL, making the Hurricanes after an impressive 2010 pre-season. He has not looked back since.
The 20-year old from Toronto, ON has already put up an impressive 107 points over his first 2 NHL seasons, scoring 51 goals & adding 56 assists in 146 games.
His best season remains his rookie season, in which the 5'11", 193lbs Center collected 31 goals & 32 assists for 63 points in 82 games in 2010-11. That, along with the rest of his play, was good enough to earn himself the 2011 Calder Trophy as that season's top rookie.
Last season, Skinner was limited to just 64 games. He was side-lined with a concussion after a hit from Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton on December 7th. The concussion was serious enough to force him to miss the next 16 games. A couple months after returning to action, Skinner was then suspended 2 games for kicking St. Louis Blues forward Scott Nichol in a game on March 15th.
Although he missed 18 games, Skinner was still able to manage 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) this past season to go along with 56 penalty minutes, giving him a total of 102 penalty minutes in his career so far.
Skinner is a gifted offensive player who brings tons of excitement to his game along with some defensive abilities as well. He can turn nothing into something in a split-second to create great scoring chances for the Hurricanes multiple times in a game. Not only can he create scoring chances with his dangling & passing skills, but he can shoot the puck too!
Skinner, in his rookie season as I told you above, scored 31 goals in 2010-11! That's not to say that he wasn't even expected to make the team coming straight out of the draft as the #7 overall pick. His tremendous shot has already become one of the best on the Hurricanes.
Heading into next season with the acquisitions of Alexander Semin (via free agency) & Jordan Staal (trade with the Penguins), the Hurricanes look destined to make the playoffs. That's not to mention that they could very possibly make a deep run when you look at the talent on their team.
It is not yet known who Skinner will be playing on a line with come the 2012-13 season but one thing is for certain, he will be a key contributor if the 'Canes want a shot at making a big run for the Stanley Cup!
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