The Carolina Hurricanes have selected a center in Jeff Skinner from the Kitchener Rangers. Skinner had 50 goals with the Rangers this season and 20 playoff goals and was the second leading scorer in the OHL playoffs.
Our Minnesota Wild site Hockey Wilderness had this to say about Skinner:
50 goals as a 17 year old in the OHL. 20 goals in 20 playoff games. Looking at these numbers, how can he only be ranked the 34th best prospect by the CSB? Oh, you say that he has some issues with his skating? Hmm, that could be a problem once he starts dealing with bigger, stronger defensemen. Clearly the kid knows how to score and with 40 assists, he's a decent playmaker, but if he isn't 6'3", 220, you don't necessarily want to risk a top 10 draft choice on a guy who is a project when it comes to mobility. At his size, he needs to be able to fly, and Skimmer can't do that right now.
Skinner will probably spend some more time with Kitchener next season but he has the chance to grow with Staal and Sutter at the center position in Carolina.
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