Jeff Skinner became of the NHL’s darlings during his outstanding 2010-11 season. He scored 63 points in 82 games and ran away with the Calder Trophy in the process. The Carolina Hurricanes were quick to lock the shifty forward up to a long-term deal, and Skinner appeared to have a long, steady future as a top-six forward with the ‘Canes.
The next two years didn’t go quite as swimmingly for Skinner, who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency since his rookie season. He only played in 64 games as a sophomore and never found his groove during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
Skinner seemed to have a new lease on his hockey life early on in the 2013-14 campaign, and had scored nine points in 10 games. Before another injury hauled his forward motion.
Jeff Skinner (upper body injury) will not return to tonight’s game.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes_Gameday) October 25, 2013
While there’s no timetable for his return, this is a tough break for a kid that clearly needs to start skating with a horse shoe in his hockey pants. The issue doesn’t appear to be too serious though, so Skinner should be able to get back on track pretty quickly once he returns to the lineup.
The great news for Skinner is that the issue isn’t concussion related. According to the Carolina News and Observer: “Skinner has suffered concussions each of the past two seasons, but the injury against the Wild is not concussion-related. Skinner skated Friday at the Pepsi Center with Pat Dwyer and Harrison.”