News:Jeff Skinner (upper body) played Saturday against the Flyers and picked up a goal in over 20 minutes of ice time.
Analysis: Phew -- that 'is it another concussion?' scare is behind him. Deploy him as you always have.
News: Coach Kirk Muller said that he is hopeful that Jeff Skinner (upper body) can play against Flyers on Saturday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: The team is evidently still awaiting the results of some tests done on Jeff Skinner, so at the very least, he won't be available Thursday against the Jets.
News:Jeff Skinner, who suffered an upper body injury Tuesday against the Senators, will return to Raleigh on Wednesday to be examined further, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner, who absorbed an open ice hit Tuesday that knocked him out of the game, has suffered concussions in each of the past two seasons, and if that's what he's dealing with this time around, his season could conceivably be done.
News:Jeff Skinner left Tuesday's game against the Senators with an apparent upper-body injury and will not return, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Obsesrver reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner was on the receiving end of a massive hit from Jared Cowen, and he will not return Tuesday. The 20-year-old Skinner missed time earlier this season with a concussion, but consider him day-to-day until more information regarding the injury becomes available.
Canes' Skinner: Stone Cold Since Return From Concussion
News:Jeff Skinner picked up his first assist since March 9 when he set up the Hurricanes' lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: It's just his first point in seven games and second in his last 13. He started the season with 14 points in his first 13 games before suffering that concussion, but he has just six points in his next 19. Yes -- 19. Sadly, he may not recover his true form until next season.
Hurricanes' Skinner Back To Old Form Following Concussion
News:Jeff Skinner notched a goal and an assist during Saturday's 6-3 win over the Devils, giving him four points (2G, 2A) in six games since returning from a five-game absence due to a concussion.
Analysis: It looks like Jeff Skinner is picking up right where he left off prior to the injury. He now has 18 points in 19 games thus far, tying him with linemate Jordan Staal for fourth in team scoring. Skinner routinely sees 18-19 minutes a night playing on the Canes' second line, and sees plenty of power play time to boot. Make sure he's in your fantasy lineup at every opportunity.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) returned to the ice Thursday against Pittsburgh, skating 13:55 and scoring his eighth goal on the season.
Analysis: It's great to see Jeff Skinner back out there after being declared "out indefinitely" just eight days prior with the concussion. Get him back in your fantasy lineup, pronto.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) is slated to return to action Thursday against the Penguins, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner, who will be making his first appearance since Feb. 14, checks in with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games to date. The team will also welcome Tim Brent, Tim Gleason and Jamie McBain back to the lineup Thursday.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) took part in Saturday's morning skate and said he felt "a lot better," the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "It was good to get out there with a lot of bodies, move around, lot of pucks going here and there," Skinner said. "I feel good, which is a good sign."
Analysis:Jeff Skinner has been skating the past two days with assistant coach John MacLean, however he's still not sure when he will be able to get in some contact work and be able to rejoin the lineup. For fantasy purposes you should still consider him out indefinitely, however it sounds like Skinner's situation has improved substantially.
News: Updating a previous report, the Hurricanes announced Wednesday that Jeff Skinner does in fact have a concussion and is out indefinitely, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: This marks the second consecutive season that Jeff Skinner will miss time due to a concussion, having missed 16 games last season following a similar injury in early December. This is a big blow for the Canes and fantasy owners alike, as Skinner is currently the team's second-leading scorer with 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in 13 games. Move him to your fantasy bench immediately.
Hurricanes' Skinner (Upper Body) Has No Concussion Issues
News: Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday that Jeff Skinner has no concussion issues and that the injury is being treated as an upper-body injury, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: There were initially concerns that Jeff Skinner suffered a concussion after taking many hard hits in last Thursday's game against Toronto. Fortunately for the Hurricanes this is not the case, as the injury is being treated solely as an upper-body injury. Continue to consider Skinner day-to-day, though it doesn't look like he will be available against the Jets on Thursday.
Hurricanes' Skinner (Upper Body) Won't Practice Wednesday
News:Jeff Skinner (upper body) will not practice Wednesday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner missed Monday's game against the Canadiens due to the upper body injury. The Hurricanes were hoping that he would be able to play Thursday against Winnipeg, but this may not be the case considering he's not able to practice Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
News: Coach Kirk Muller said Jeff Skinner is day-to-day, and the team hopes he can play Thursday, LNH.com's Arpon Basu reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner is out for Monday's game due to a upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated Tuesday once the team gets back from their road trip to Montreal.
Canes' Skinner (Upper Body) Not Making Trip To Montreal
News:Jeff Skinner sat out Sunday's practice and will not make the trip to Montreal for Monday's game due to an upper-body injury, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "We'll evaluate him when we get back Tuesday," coach Kirk Muller said.
Analysis: Muller said he was unsure if Jeff Skinner suffered any concussion-related symptoms after taking hard hits during Thursday's game. Jussi Jokinen could move to left wing on the line to fill in for Skinner while he's out. It's also possible they could call up a forward from the AHL's Charlotte Checkers. Consider Skinner day-to-day.
News:Jeff Skinner had three assists and five shots on goal against the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner has nine points in eight games so far. He had a bit of a sophomore slump after an excellent rookie season, but he's off to a strong start so far.
News:Jeff Skinner scored his fifth goal in five games in Monday's loss to Boston.
Analysis: Carolina is off to a slow start on the defensive end, but Jeff Skinner is hot with 25 shots on goal over those five games.
News:Jeff Skinner registered his third goal in two games, tallying an empty-netter in Friday's win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Any doubts about rust from his concussion last season appear to have been erased, as Jeff Skinner is off to an excellent start to his third season in the league. Expect Skinner to generate plenty of offense in Carolina's attack and he put seven pucks on goal in Friday's win, making owners in leagues that reward shots on goal a bit happier.
News:Jeff Skinner scored two goals Thursday in a win over Buffalo.
Analysis: He also went plus-1, a nice boon for fantasy owners after Jeff Skinner'd gone minus-2 each of the first two games. He looked incredible out there all game long, flashing the promise he showed two years ago as a rookie.
News:Jeff Skinner buried a power-play goal for Carolina's only tally in Tuesday's loss to the Lightning.
Analysis: He's gone minus-2 in each of Carolina's first two games, but Jeff Skinner's got the potential to put up a pile of points and you have to figure Carolina's overall defensive effort will improve.
News:Jeff Skinner won't report to training camp with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, the News Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner was previously assigned to the Checkers, but for now he'll continue training in the Toronto area. Skinner missed time last season due to a concussion, and although it hasn't been an issue, general manager Jim Rutherford referenced his desire to keep Skinner healthy. It's difficult to say how this impacts Skinner's NHL prospects, but starving hockey fans would certainly appreciate his presence.
News:Jeff Skinner has been assigned to the AHL Charlotte Checkers, reports USA Today.
Analysis: He may have signed that hefty contract extension this summer, but he's still on an entry-level contract and that means he can be assigned to the AHL to continue this development.
News:Jeff Skinner signed a six-year, $34.34 million extension with the Hurricanes, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner had one year remaining on his entry-level contract, so the contract means that the 2010-11 NHL Rookie of the Year will remain with the Hurricanes through the 2018-19 season. The 20-year-old has 51 goals and 56 assists in 146 games played at the NHL level.
News:Jeff Skinner posted an assist in Wednesday's win over Florida, his first game back since serving a two-game suspension.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner has points in the last three games he's played and a respectable 42 points in 56 games on the season. Last year's Calder Trophy winner, Skinner has a healthy eight points in nine March contests. Look for him to finish the season strong.
News:Jeff Skinner has served his two-game suspension and is eligible to return against the Panthers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Go ahead and activate him accordingly now that the suspension is complete. Jeff Skinner has 41 points (20 G, 21 A) and a minus-6 rating over 55 games in his sophomore campaign.
News:Jeff Skinner has been suspended two games for kicking Scott Nichol on Thursday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: The suspension means Jeff Skinner will be out until Wednesday's game against Florida.
News:Jeff Skinner scored his 20th goal of the year in Thursday's shutout win over St. Louis.
Analysis: It seems highly unlikely that Jeff Skinner will match last season's 31-goal mark, but the ultra-talented 19-year-old finally looks like he's rounding back into form after having part of his season derailed by a concussion.
News:Jeff Skinner tallied an assist on teammate Tim Brent's power play goal.
Analysis: That gives Jeff Skinner eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight career games against the Rangers and continues his current hot streak of five points (two goals, three assists) in five games.
Canes' Skinner Looks To Return To Successful Form Against Rangers
News:Jeff Skinner is looking to return to his previous success against the Rangers, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner has five goals and two assists in seven career games against the Rangers, but has zero in his past two games at Madison Square Garden.
News:Jeff Skinner scored twice Saturday to extend his scoring streak to three games and four points (two goals, two assists).
Analysis: He also delivered a surprising 12 minutes in penalties for those of you in leagues that count sin-bin contributions. He has 19 goals and 20 assists in 52 games this season, a pace that is well off his rookie excellence. But he does have eight points in his last seven games and should continue to deliver solid production this season. His rebound will come next year.
News:Jeff Skinner posted two assists in Tuesday's win over Nashville, giving him three helpers in the last two games.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner has been quiet on the goal front of late, with just two tallies in the month of February. Skinner's production can only go up, so hope for a late-season surge that reminds owners why he's one of the more talented young players in the league.
News:Jeff Skinner scored the first goal of the game at the 7:31 mark of the first period as Carolina downed San Jose 3-2 on Friday. It was his 16th goal of the season.
Analysis: It's been a bit of a sophomore slump for Jeff Skinner this year, although it didn't help that he suffered a concussion in early December, which caused him to miss a number of games. Still, he hasn't had a multi-point game since November 20 when he had two points in a 3-2 win over Toronto.
News:Jeff Skinner was involved in a fight with teammate Patrick Dwyer during Wednesday's practice, The Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner has been a bit of a disappointment this season only tallying 30 points (15 g, 15a) in 41 games. Lets hope that this lights a fire under the reigning Calder Trophy winner.
News:Jeff Skinner scored the game-winning goal Saturday against the Kings.
Analysis: He has three goals and two assists in eight games since his return from injury. He'll soon pick up the pace; use with confidence.
News:Jeff Skinner grabbed his second goal in two games, potting the opening goal in Monday's 2-1 win over Winnipeg.
Analysis: The talented second-year player has played solidly since returning from a concussion, with three points in four games. Jeff Skinner should factor much into the Canes' offense the remainder of the season, but, with the injury, he may not challenge the 21 goals he put up as a rookie.
News:Jeff Skinner scored the Hurricanes' only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.
Analysis: It's his first goal since his return from concussion. His output may be slightly depressed in the short term -- many players take a while to truly get back to full game speed. Still, you have to have him on your active roster. He could break out at any moment.
News:Jeff Skinner returned to Tuesday's game against the Penguins after taking a big hit from Brooks Orpik that sent him to the locker room for observation, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Given that he was playing in just his second game since sitting out 16 contests while recovering from a concussion, naturally there was some concern for Jeff Skinner's well-being Tuesday, but evidently he checked out okay. He's practicing Wednesday, which further supports that notion.
News: The Hurricanes have activated Jeff Skinner (concussion) from injured reserve, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: As a result, Jeff Skinner, who has missed Carolina's last 16 games, will presumably suit up for Sunday's game against the Capitals.
News: The Hurricanes hope to have Jeff Skinner (concussion) back in the lineup Sunday, reports The Globe and Mail.
Analysis: He almost suited up Saturday but the Canes opted to give him a bit more time. "We want to make sure he's 100 percent," said coach Kirk Muller. "We have back-to-back games here, so hopefully we will get him ready for tomorrow [Sunday]." Jeff Skinner's imminent return is music to fantasy owner's ears. He had 12 goals and 24 points in 30 games before he was hurt.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) won't play against Boston on Saturday, Raleigh News & Observer writer Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: It's not clear when Jeff Skinner might be able to return, but he appears to be no worse than day-to-day at this point.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) will not play Thursday against the Lightning, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: On the plus side, Jeff Skinner, who last played on Dec. 7, appears to be nearing a return to game action, so consider him day-to-day.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) practiced for the first time with a full-contact red jersey, the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: The question now becomes if Jeff Skinner plays Thursday against Tampa Bay. Chances are the Hurricanes will play it safe with their young star and will wait to see how the reigning Calder Trophy winner reacts to his first full-contact practice and hold off inserting him into the lineup until Saturday's home tilt with the Bruins. Either way, this is great news for Hurricanes fans and Skinner owners.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) will miss Tuesday night's game against the Flyers, the News Observer reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner returned to practice Monday, but is still recovering from a concussion.
Hurricanes' Skinner Still Sporting No-Contact Jersey
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) was still sporting a yellow (no-contact) jersey at Monday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: There's still no timetable for Jeff Skinner's return, but it's worth noting that Alexander expressed some surprise that Skinner held on to his no-contact jersey Monday.
News:Jeff Skinner (concussion) returned to practice Monday in a non-contact jersey, Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: There still is no timetable for Jeff Skinner's return to the Hurricanes lineup, but this is a nice way to start the new year for Carolina.
Canes' Skinner Still Failing Baseline Concussion Tests
News:Jeff Skinner, who has been sidelined since December 7 with a consussion, is no closer to returning according to Raleigh News and Observer.
Analysis: The Hurricanes are desperate for Jeff Skinner to return to Carolina's mediocre offense that ranks 13th in goals scored (103) and 20th in goals per game (2.59). Prior to the injury, last year's Calder Cup trophy winner tallied 12 goals and 12 assists for a respectable 24 points in 30 games.
News: The Hurricanes placed Jeff Skinner (concussion) on injured reserve Wednesday, retroactive to December 7, according to the Hurricanes' official website.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner was already out indefinitely, but the Hurricanes decided to place him on IR to open up a roster spot. He will remain sidelined until his concussion symptoms clear.
News: The Hurricanes announced Wednesday that Jeff Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Things have gotten progressively worse with Jeff Skinner, as at one point it was thought he just had a cold or flu. He's already missed two games, and given his bright future and the league's approach on head injuries, we may not see him in action for at least a few games.
News:Jeff Skinner (flu) may have a concussion after all, according to a report on Sportsnet.ca's broadcast of the Leafs-Hurricanes' game on Tuesday night.
Analysis: He apparently took a hard hit last week that rattled him and he's been out since. He is slated to see the doctor Wednesday, and we'll see what comes from that appointment ... as well as the Canes' willingness to be honest with the description of the symptoms.
News:Jeff Skinner (flu) will not play in Tuesday night's game against Toronto, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner will see a doctor on Wednesday, and has not been ruled out for Thursday's game against Vancouver.
News:Jeff Skinner (flu) is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Toronto, Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Kirk Muller didn't officially rule him out for Tuesday, but said after Monday's practice, "as of right now, I don't think we're going to have him." For now, Jeff Skinner remains day-to-day and owners in weekly leagues should carefully consider the alternatives here knowing that he's likely out for at least one more contest.
News:Jeff Skinner is out with what has been described as "flu-like symptoms" the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: This is good news for Jeff Skinner owners who were worried that he may have suffered a concussion after getting blasted by Edmonton's Andy Sutton on Wednesday, causing him to be a surprise scratch for Friday's tilt against Winnipeg. For owners in weekly leagues, it may be a good idea to sit him considering that he only plays three games this week and could potentially miss at least one of them.
News:Jeff Skinner is out with an undisclosed injury, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner was a surprise scratch in Friday's game, and with the Hurricanes having three games this coming week, you may have to sit him down unless we get better news by Monday afternoon.
News:Jeff Skinner scored Carolina's first goal of the game Wednesday night with only 38 seconds left in the first period as the Hurricanes downed the Oilers 5-3. He was also named the game's first star.
Analysis: He was buzzing around the net all night long and finished with eight shots on goal to lead both teams. While he's putting up goals on a fairly consistent basis, Jeff Skinner hasn't recorded an assist in nine straight games.
News:Jeff Skinner grabbed Carolina's only goal in Tuesday's loss to Florida, snapping a three-game points drought.
Analysis: Three games without a point isn't horrible, but Jeff Skinner is stronger than most players. Last year's Calder Trophy winner is one of the few bright spots in Raleigh and has 22 points in 26 games.
News:Jeff Skinner scored and added two assists in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: His 17 points outpace his next closest teammates (Chad LaRose and Jussi Jokinen) by six -- he's the Canes' MVP so far. We'd like to see an improvement on his minus-6 rating but we're not complaining too much.
News:Jeff Skinner scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Winnipeg.
Analysis: His nine points in eight games leads the Canes (so much for that sophomore slump). This kid could end up leading the team in points by season's end. He's a strong fantasy play.
News:Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal at 18:36 of the third period to give Carolina a 4-3 win over Buffalo on Friday night.
Analysis: He had left Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury, but it appears it wasn't serious enough to keep him from missing Friday's contest. It's safe to keep Jeff Skinner in your lineup.
Carolina's Skinner (Undisclosed) Leaves Wednesday's Game
News:Jeff Skinner left Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury after being hit by Brad Merchand, Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: The injury was bad enough to send him to the locker room. Stay tuned for more information.
News:Jeff Skinner added an assist in Monday's loss to New Jersey, giving him four points in two games.
Analysis: The reigning Calder Trophy winner is showing last year wasn't a fluke. While he hasn't grabbed a goal yet, he's factoring much into Carolina's scoring. Look for Jeff Skinner to continue producing, albeit at something less than a 162-point pace.
News:Jeff Skinner set up all three Flames' goals in an OT loss to Washington on Saturday night.
Analysis: He obviously likes skating alongside Eric Staal and now has four points in just two games. It looks like an improvement on 63 points last season is definitely in the making. This kid is going to be a star.
News:Jeff Skinner opened the scoring Friday night but unfortunately it was not enough for his Hurricanes as they fell to the Lightning, 5-1.
Analysis:Jeff Skinner had a rough preseason but got things turned around quickly when the first official puck-drop commenced. He is poised to continue on his 31-goal and 32-assist rookie season.
News:Jeff Skinner has struggled this post season, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports. Skinner, through five games, has zero points, nine penalty minutes, and a minus-4 rating.
Analysis: The Calder trophy winner does have a team-leading 13 shots. The young forward will split time between center and winger and that versatility will be very beneficial on some fantasy teams, especially when you add on his keeper component.
News:Jeff Skinner has neither gained nor lost weight in preparation for this season, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: This supports Jeff Skinner's own expectations of being a consistent contributor. The Calder Trophy winner from last year knows that expectations are higher this year, but will not get sidetracked by trying to quantifying them.
News: Skinner has won the Calder Memorial Trophy for being the NHL's top rookie in 2010-11, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Skinner recorded 31 goals and 32 assists this past season, besting all rookies in the points department. His accomplishments are even more remarkable given that he is just 19 years old, and too young to even gamble in Las Vegas, where he collected his hardware for best rookie Wednesday. It's safe to assume he won't be overlooked in a large number of fantasy drafts next season.
News: Skinner sank a pair of goals Sunday, helping Canada crush France, 9-1, in the world championships held in Slovakia, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Skinner's effort helped Canada easily advance to the second round. Of course, he really made a name for himself in his rookie season, having notched 63 points with the Hurricanes, which led to his candidacy for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
News: Skinner is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, an award for rookie of the year, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Anyone following professional hockey could have seen this one coming. All Skinner did was drop in 63 points (31 G, 32 A) at the age of 18. Other finalists reportedly include Michael Grabner of the Islanders and Logan Couture of the Sharks - both forwards.
News: Skinner might compete in the IIHF World Championships, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: The Hurricanes missed the postseason by losing the final game of the regular season, but it appears that the young star could be in line for more hockey sooner than later. The international competition, set in Slovakia, is scheduled to open later this month. Skinner led all NHL rookies with 63 points (31 G, 32 A) in 2010-11.
News: Skinner finished the season on a three-game point streak with an assist in Saturday's season-ending loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: He has to be the leading candidate for the Calder trophy and he could, in fact, end up as the best player to come out of the 2010 draft class. A 50-goal season will be in his near future. As it stands, he ends this stanza with 31 goals and 32 helpers.
News: Skinner racked up a goal and two assists Friday night, as the Canes thumped the Thrashers, 6-1.
Analysis: Skinner is up to 31 goals and assists apiece. With numbers like that, don't expect the rookie to have a low price tag in next year's fantasy draft.
News: Skinner scored his 30th goal of the year in a big 3-0 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.
Analysis: It was his fourth goal in five games. Skinner is the league's current rookie scoring leader with 30 goals and 29 assists in 80 games.
News: Skinner had two goals and an assist as Carolina thumped Montreal 6-2 on Wednesday.
Analysis: The goals were his 28th and 29th of the season as he continues to make a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors.
News: Skinner scored a goal and added an assist in Carolina's big 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders on Friday night.
Analysis: The rookie had a big night as he scored his 25th goal of the year and picked up the primary assist on Joni Pitkanen's overtime winner.
Canes' Skinner Staying On Top Line With Eric Staal
News: Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said Skinner will stay on (the top) line with Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu for Wednesday's contest against the Maple Leafs, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Skinner lined up on the left side of Staal on Tuesday against the Sabres, and the outcome was a 1-0 win for the Hurricanes. Perhaps this will get the rookie going again; he has just five points (3 G, 2 A) in the last month.
News: Skinner potted his 24th goal of the season Saturday against Columbus.
Analysis: It was point 50 for the 18-year-old rookie -- yes, he's that young. He will vie with Logan Couture and Corey Crawford for the Calder this season.
News: Skinner, who's been struggling with faceoffs, could move back to the wing for Wednesday's game against the Thrashers, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: According to the report, Skinner did not win any of his 12 draws against the Blackhawks on Friday. "The fact of the matter is we've had a bunch of guys struggling (on draws)," coach Paul Maurice said. "He's got to learn. ... But the fact of the matter is our best faceoff man (Jokinen) is sitting on the wing right now. We'll probably have to get (Jokinen) taking more of those faceoffs." This move is not likely to have much of an impact on Skinner's fantasy value, as the highly touted rookie is capable of producing respectable point totals no matter the position.
News: Skinner scored his 23rd goal of the season in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Skinner has 49 points on the season, including three in the last five contests, putting him on pace to finish with 60 points by the end of the regular season.
News: Skinner's helper came on a second period goal by Joe Corvo. The Hurricanes went on to beat the Thrashers by a 3-2 score Sunday.
Analysis: Skinner now has points in four of his last five games and there is no reason he won't continue to shine as the Hurricanes jockey for a playoff position.
News: Skinner's goal brought the Hurricanes to within one during the third period of Saturday's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Skinner has not gone more than three games without a point since November. It's that kind of consistency that makes him a top candidate for rookie of the year. He's definitely worth starting down the stretch.
News: Skinner scored both goals in Carolina's loss to New Jersey, his first goal in four games.
Analysis: Skinner's markers came on the power play and his second showed a great deal of poise while surrounded by several New Jersey defenders that were so amazed, they simply watched. Skinner's only 18 years old, making his 20-goal season all the more remarkable. Carolina has a keeper here.
Canes' Skinner Earns NHL Rookie Of The Month Honors
News: Skinner was named the NHL's rookie of the month for his spectacular play in January, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Skinner racked up nine goals and five assists, which averaged out to a point per game in the first month of 2011. This latest honor coupled with his recent appearance in the All-Star Game makes him one of the favorites to win the Calder Trophy at the end of the regular season.
News: Skinner, who participated in All-Star Weekend, was given the day off from practice Monday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Like goalie Cam Ward and captain Eric Staal, Skinner was simply rested following the event. Consider giving the 18-year-old the green light Tuesday against Boston, a team that he already has a goal and two assists against in three contests this season.
News: Skinner will play in the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: The rookie will not have to travel far as the All-Star weekend will be held at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Skinner and the Hurricanes play home games.
News: Skinner snagged a goal Monday in the win over Toronto, his ninth in January.
Analysis: Skinner's making a serious claim for the Calder Trophy and while giving the Canes one of the league's elite young players. He's been a bit streaky this season, but he's a rookie and simply hasn't been playing like it.
News: Skinner delivered another two-point (1 G, 1 A) performance Thursday night against the Rangers.
Analysis: Skinner was a sleeper pick heading into this year's fantasy draft, but since he's making so much noise offensively in his rookie campaign, you can be sure -- barring a serious injury -- that Skinner will not be overlooked next season.
News: Skinner saw a five-game points streak come to an end Monday in a loss to Boston.
Analysis: Skinner had been afire lately with eight points (5-3-8) in the last five contests. He's one of the league's top rookies, but, as with any rookie, is subject to a slump here and there. He's playing somewhat near a point-per-game pace with 36 in 45 games.
News: Skinner provided a goal and an assist Saturday in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Skinner leads all rookies with 36 points (16 G, 20 A). It's rare for a first-year player to posses much fantasy value outside of keeper formats, but Skinner is obviously defying the odds. Consider starting him each time out.
News: Skinner scored his 15th goal Thursday in a 3-2 loss to the Sabres.
Analysis: It's becoming increasingly tougher to talk about Skinner and not mention the Calder Memorial Trophy, a coveted piece of hardware that could await him at the end of the season if he keeps this up.
Skinner: Scores 14th In Win As Canes Top Thrashers
News: Skinner's second period power-play goal gave the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead as he ripped a slap shot past Ondrej Pavelec on Sunday.
Analysis: Skinner is one of the rookie sensations of the 2010-11 season and has an outside shot at 30 goals this year. If he's available in your league, you should definitely consider grabbing him.
News: Skinner sniped two goals for Carolina in a 6-3 smackdown of New Jersey on Saturday night.
Analysis: He has points in five of his last seven games and he now has 11 goals and 28 points on the season. He's stating his case for Calder consideration and he should be rolling in most formats these days despite his rookie status.
News: Skinner found the back of the net Tuesday in a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Skinner hit a minor rough patch in the first half of December, but he's back to being productive with four points in the past five games. Congratulations if you had the hindsight to draft Skinner, commonly a subject of Calder Trophy talk.
News: Skinner lit the lamp in Friday's eventual 2-1 OT win over the Avalanche. He now has eight goals on the season.
Analysis: Skinner, who jumped directly to the NHL from the juniors, is proving that he truly did not need any time to develop in the AHL. He's versatile, quick on his skates, and is a natural when it comes to scoring goals. Congratulations if you had the hindsight to draft him, even with the hope of the excellence that he's demonstrated thus far.
News: Skinner will not be one to compete in the World Junior Championships later this month, according to Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford in a report by the Raleigh News & Observer.
Analysis: "We don't have that luxury," Rutherford said. "We can't do that. We need Jeff Skinner here. I know (WJC officials) have to know in the next few weeks, but we don't have any intention of considering it. We need him." This is good news for Skinner owners as he won't be risking a possible injury in a contest that won't help fantasy owners.
News: Skinner continued his impressive rookie campaign with a game-winning goal and an assist on the power play in Friday's 3-0 win over Boston.
Analysis: We are witnessing a star in the making with Skinner. Only Carolina's team captain, Eric Staal, has more points (25) than Skinner (19), so if for some reason he is unowned in your league, snag Skinner immediately.
News: Skinner, who's making an early bid for the Calder Trophy, has recently hit a skid by going three consecutive games without a point.
Analysis: This is the longest drought for the rookie in his infant career. Still, that is more of a testament to how good he's been on a weekly basis rather than something to worry about if you are lucky enough to own him in fantasy leagues. With 15 points (6G, 9A) in 18 games, Skinner is a special player that one can build a team around, especially in keeper leagues.
News: Skinner had a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 7-1 win over Edmonton.
Analysis: Skinner's great play is one of the early surprises of the season. The 18-year-old now has six goals and 15 points in 15 games this season. He needs to be owned in nearly all leagues and he is an elite selection in keeper leagues.
News: Skinner scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: What an impressive start for this rookie who isn't even old enough to drink in his home province of Ontario. He leads the Canes with 12 points in 14 games and has eight in his last six. Take advantage while you can.
News: Skinner, who played on the top line Wednesday, triggered the lamp on the power play and added an assist as the Hurricanes routed the Islanders by a score of 7-2.
Analysis: Skinner may be the league's youngest player, but he's playing more like someone who's been in the big leagues for years. There has been no shortage of hype involving Skinner, yet it's all been justified with plenty of offense from No. 53 in the early going.
News: Skinner has been moved up to the top line with Eric Staal and Chad LaRose ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Islanders, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: While his ascension to the first line should draw tougher opposing defensemen than he's used to, Skinner is a fantasy stud in the making. Remember, he is only 18 years old, but leads all Carolina skaters with eight points through 11 games. This early production combined with his promising future fantasy prospects makes Skinner an attractive option even outside of keeper pools.
Carolina's Skinner Gets Two Goals in 4-3 Victory Over Rangers on Friday Night
News: Skinner had two goals and added an assist as the Hurricanes beat the Rangers 4-3 on Friday night.
Analysis: The rookie now has seven points (3G, 4A) in nine games and is making an early name for himself in the Calder race. While it's too early to say if he can keep this up over 82 games, those owners who many have Skinner on their bench might want to ride his hot streak for a bit.
News: The Hurricanes have been so impressed with Skinner's play that they are not even considering sending back to his junior team at this point, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: "That's not even a part of the conversation anymore," Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. Skinner will continue to see ice time as long as he is with the Hurricanes, so those in deeper leagues should consider picking him up.
News: Skinner played string music Wednesday, scoring the first goal of his NHL career in a 4-3 loss to the Kings.
Analysis: There should be plenty more where that came from. Skinner is just 18 years old but with four points (1G, 3A) in six games, he's making an immediate impact for the 'Canes.
News: Skinner recorded his first NHL goal in Los Angeles Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as his team fell 4-3.
Analysis: Skinner has burst onto the scene and deservedly so. He has vision on the ice, creates room for himself and teammates and seems to be NHL ready. We will see how he holds up over an entire season, but he is a solid long-term fantasy option in Carolina.
News: Skinner could return to the left wing Tuesday night in San Jose, the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: Skinner reportedly has played the winger position in all but one contest, the team's most recent loss to Vancouver which had Skinner slotting in as a center. The rookie is versatile and capable of producing at either position, so continue to treat him as an intriguing keeper option in fantasy leagues.