Jeff Skinner C CAR 4 Months

Despite being only 21 years of age, Jeff Skinner is expected to be a veteran presence next season.

Skinner has already played four seasons in the NHL and notched his second 30-plus goal season in 2013-14 as he found the back of the net 33 times to lead the Hurricanes. "I don't think it will be new or outside of my nature," Skinner said. "Everybody deals with that kind of thing in their own sort of way. I was a leader in junior (hockey) and I feel more comfortable every year I'm here. It's not something that you can set out and say you're going to do this. It's a little more abstract than that. For me, personally, it's something you grow into and something you earn as you go."

Jeff Skinner C CAR 5 Months

Carolina Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner scored two goals on Sunday to set a new career-high with 33 goals.

Skinner edges the 31 tallies he collected as a rookie in 2010-11, although he didn't top the 63 points he generated in that impressive campaign. Skinner managed an impressive average being that he was limited to 71 contests, including easily the most SOG (274) of his career. If he can keep firing away next season, he could easily flirt with 40 goals next season.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 5 Months

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller thinks Jeff Skinner will develop into a 40-goal scorer.

"I think he can, yeah," coach Kirk Muller said Saturday. "He's had a few stretches where he didn't have production and I think because he's young that affects guys who score goals. When you're not scoring, you evaluate your game that way, and I think through maturity you learn that when you don't score you work to keep the other things in your game. You just keep level-headed. When he does that and gets a little more consistent, he has the capability of scoring 40." Skinner has matched his career-high of 31 goals this season. It's worth noting that the 21-year-old has already run into some injury trouble and he'll probably need to have a nearly completely healthy season to reach the 40-goal milestone.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 5 Months

Erik Cole sees Jeff Skinner as a guy that can reach the 40-goal mark in his career.

"Obviously health is always the biggest issue with anybody," Cole said. "If you're going to be a 40-goal guy you can't really miss too many games. I think Jeff definitely has that ability and has the confidence in himself that he can do that. I think that's kind of always driven him, his belief in himself maybe when other people weren't so sure what he was capable of." Skinner has reached the 30-goal mark for the second time in his career. The 21-year-old forward also has 51 points in 65 games.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 5 Months

Jeff Skinner scored a goal in Carolina's 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa Monday evening.

Skinner has points in five straight games now, giving him 30 goals and 19 assists in 64 games this season. Skinner was a nice roll-of-the-dice play this season: Even after two down years and injuries, the ability did not disappear.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 5 Months

Jeff Skinner sniped a goal, but the Hurricanes came up just short in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Skinner was a nice roll-of-the-dice play this season: Even after two down years and injuries, the ability did not disappear. The 21-year-old has rewarded fantasy owners in a big way. He has goals in four straight games now, giving him 29 on the year, with 48 points. Andrei Loktionov potted a goal as well in the loss. Riley Nash had two helpers.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 5 Months

Jeff Skinner scored a goal in Carolina's 3-0 win over Florida on Thursday.

Skinner is on a three-game point streak. He has 28 goals and 47 points in 62 games this season, which gives him an outside chance of breaking his career-high of 31 goals.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 6 Months

Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina in its 5-4 loss to New Jersey on Saturday night.

After some injuries and underperformance, Skinner was almost a forgotten man entering this season. The fact is, he is a very talented scorer and he has rediscovered that touch and confidence this season. He has 25 on the year, with 42 points. Nathan Gerbe, Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison notched the other goals in the loss. Jordan Staal had two assists.

Jeff Skinner C CAR 6 Months

The Carolina Hurricanes' power play has been atrocious lately and their penalty-killing unit hasn't been much better.

During their 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers Friday night, the Canes couldn't score on any of their four power plays, including a 5-on-3, and allowed their fourth shorthanded tally in the past five games. The Canes are 0-for-25 on their past 25 power plays. Their top player, Jeff Skinner, was visibly upset after the game. "When you get in a bad stretch you don't have any confidence out there," he said. "You try to make plays when you shouldn't and throw it away when you can be making plays. It snowballs. "We're just not executing. We need to find a way to get through it. We've got to find a way to score."

Jeff Skinner C CAR 6 Months

Jeff Skinner scored his 24th goal of the season on a penalty shot in the Canes' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday night.

This was Skinner's first goal in eight games, as the young forward tries to snap out of some mid-season struggles. Skinner still has 41 points through 52 games though.