Jeff Skinner C CAR Jan 24 '13

Coach Kirk Muller liked the way Jeff Skinner responded in Tuesday's loss to the Lightning after he was taken off Jordan Staal's line.

"I do see a maturity level. Responding the way he did was an easy assessment of how he handled the criticism," Muller said Wednesday. "I thought he was our best forward (Tuesday). He had a good game." Muller added that he wants to see that level of play consistently from the 20-year-old forward. Skinner is still working on his defensive-zone awareness, but it is something he would like to improve. He was back practicing with Jordan Staal and Zac Dalpe on Wednesday.

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