Jeff Skinner LW BUF 1 day ago
Skinner scored his first goal since being traded to the Sabres by the Hurricanes in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The goal came off passes from Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo. That's a potent trio if it remains in tact once the season starts. Skinner's fantasy value could be at its highest ever in Buffalo. Push him up your draft list a few spots.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 1 month ago
Skinner is projected for a top-line assignment flanking Jack Eichel to open the season, according to John Vogl of The Athletic Buffalo.
Acquired from the Hurricanes on Aug. 2, Skinner is also expected to join forces with Sam Reinhart to serve as the elder statesman of a young but potentially lethal first line in Buffalo. While Skinner is only 26 years old, he already has eight years of NHL experience. The skilled sniper has recorded 204 goals and 175 assists over 579 career contests but hasn't been involved in playoff hockey since averaging a goal per game with OHL Kitchener as part of the 2009-10 campaign. While Skinner only averaged 16:42 of ice time last season, he could approach the 19-minute mark if he manages to stay healthy and exhibits solid chemistry with Eichel and Reinhart.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 2 months ago
The Hurricanes traded Skinner to the Sabres on Thursday in exchange for Cliff Pu, a 2019 second-round pick, a 2020 third-round pick an a 2020 sixth-round pick.
The Hurricanes drew plenty of interest for the 26-year-old winger, who enters 2018-19 in the final year of his six-year contract, but it was ultimately Buffalo who landed the prize. The Sabres add Skinner to a relatively young core group of forwards, positioning themselves to contend for a playoff spot for the first time since 2010-11. Skinner can generally be counted on to play most of the season, totaling at least 71 appearances -- excluding the lockout campaign in 2012-13 -- in six of his seven 82-game campaigns, but his minus-27 rating from last season isn't pretty. Some of that can be attributed to playing for a middling Carolina club. A change of scenery could do some good for Skinner. Coming off a campaign in which he posted his fewest points (49) since 2014-15, he should find a spot among the Sabres' top two forward trios and should improve a Sabres power-play unit that converted on just 19.1 percent of its chances last season.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 3 months ago
Skinner is drawing trade interest from the Kings, Penguins and Blues, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Skinner has one year remaining on a six-year, $34.35 million deal. Perhaps best known for winning the Calder Trophy with the Hurricanes as an 18-year-old in the 2010-11 campaign, Skinner has compiled 204 goals and 175 assists over 579 career contests. He'll presumably attract any team that needs a significant boost on the man advantage, but at least in the case of the Kings, they're reportedly viewing Skinner as a secondary option to prized free-agent Ilya Kovalchuk, who averaged a point-per-game in the NHL between the Thrashers and Devils from 2001-13.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 4 months ago
Skinner's name is being floated around in trade talks this offseason according to general manager Don Waddell.
While Skinner had a somewhat disappointing 2017-18 campaign, scoring 24 goals and 49 points, he should still bring back some decent value to Carolina should he be moved. The forward turned just 26 years old on Wednesday and has scored at least 20 goals in six of his eight NHL seasons thus far. Skinner showed the type of player he could be in 2016, netting 37 goals and 63 points, both career highs. Should the Hurricanes choose to really shake up the roster, Skinner will be one of the biggest names the team could ship off.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 5 months ago
Skinner finished the 2017-18 season with 49 points, his lowest total in three seasons, along with a career-worst minus-27 rating.
It was a disappointing campaign for the 25-year-old Skinner, after he posted a career-high 63 points the previous season. He still has a year left on his six-year, $34 million contract extension, but with new Canes owner Tom Dundon expected to make sweeping changes this offseason, there is no guarantee Skinner will be back in a Canes uniform next season. From a fantasy perspective, you never know what you're going to get out of Skinner in any given year, which makes him a high-risk selection on draft day. Buyer beware.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 6 months ago
Skinner scored the Hurricanes' only goal Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers. He has seven points, including three goals, in his last six games.
It was Skinner's 24th goal of the season. He's a long way from last year's 37 snipes, but this is his sixth straight 20-goal season. Plan on a mid-50s production next season.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 6 months ago
Skinner dished out a pair of helpers to go with four shots in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Devils.
Skinner had more goals than assists in each of the previous five campaigns, but he's on pace to reverse that trend with 26 helpers compared to only 23 tallies of his own this season. While his 26 assists are tied for the most of Skinner's career since a 32-assist rookie year back in 2010-11, a drop in shooting percentage from last season's 13.2 to 8.6 has led to a major decline following a 37-goal campaign. He's just 25 years of age, but Skinner's statistical fluctuations have already made him one of the tougher players to predict on a year-to-year basis in the fantasy realm.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 6 months ago
Skinner provided the game-winning goal to supplement another even-strength tally and an assist in Thursday's 6-5 home win over the Coyotes.
Skinner's always had tremendous puck skills, but this was his first three-point effort of the season, and he hadn't scored in over a month before bucking the trend in this barnburner at PNC Arena.
Jeff Skinner LW BUF 7 months ago
Skinner recorded an assist for the second straight game Thursday against the Flyers.
Skinner's 20 goals and 19 assists have him on pace for roughly a 50-point season, which is disappointing in light of his 37-goal, 63-point campaign a year ago. Previously a top-six forward for the Canes, Skinner is currently skating on the third line, having been surpassed by the likes of Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Brock McGinn. To make matters worse, he's currently sitting a career-worst minus-25 rating, which makes him fantasy poison in those formats that reward plus-minus. Manage your expectations accordingly.