Carolina Hurricanes Team Report March 4: Jeff Skinner Featured in ESPN Magazine

March 4th, 2011 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
While the Carolina Hurricanes are focusing their attention on the ever-tightening Eastern Conference playoff race, rookie phenom Jeff Skinner is finding more and more attention focused on him—most notably in this month's edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Despite lately reaching a rough patch in an otherwise flawless first season, Skinner still leads all rookies in terms of points, currently holding onto a three-point cushion over the Sharks' Logan Couture.

Last June's seventh overall pick has 22 goals and 26 assists this year, many of which have been just as important as they have been pretty to watch.

At first, his size was questioned, but he notes in the article that his "long, powerful strides" help give him the advantage over other smaller players who just have "quick feet." Other than that, though, there haven't been many doubts about Skinner since the very beginning.

Just after the preseason Traverse City prospects tournament, hockey analyst Bob McKenzie said that he realized "there was a real chance he could win rookie of the year." Hockey great Gary Roberts thought he was so good that he actually trained him last summer after ...

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