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Jeff Skinner Traded To Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 2, 2018) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Skinner (5’11”, 200 lbs., 5/16/1992) joins the Sabres after spending his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes. In his 579 career games, he has totaled 379 points (204+175), scoring the 20th-most goals in the NHL during that span and tying for 10th-most at even strength (159).

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Skinner recorded 49 points (24+25) in 82 games last season, topping the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career. He finished the season tied for 12th among all NHL players with 89 goals during the last three seasons and tied for seventh with 74 even-strength goals during that same span.

Skinner was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his first season, he topped the 30-goal mark for the first of three times in his career, earning a Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

added 6:45pm, Carolina release is below.

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Cliff Pu, Buffalo’s second-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft and Buffalo’s third- and sixth-round selections in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Jeff Skinner.  

“First and foremost, we thank Jeff for the impact he had on our franchise and our area, both on and off the ice,” said Waddell. “He’s a good person who has been an excellent representative for our team in the community throughout the past eight years.

“However, with Jeff becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer, this was the right time for us to move on, and to provide Jeff with a fresh start in Buffalo. We talked to every team in the league over the past four months, and ultimately the Sabres were the team that provided us with the best value in return, including three picks and a prospect we like in Cliff Pu.”

Pu, 20, completed his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2017-18, totaling 84 points (29g, 55a) in 65 games for London and Kingston. Acquired by Kingston on January 4, he led the Frontenacs with 13 assists and totaled 17 points in 16 playoff games, as Kingston advanced to the  conference final before falling to eventual champion Hamilton. A Richmond Hill, Ont., native, Pu was teammates with fellow Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig in Kingston.

Selected by Buffalo in the third round, 69th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft, Pu signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on October 23, 2017, and is eligible to play in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He totaled 210 career points (80g, 130a) in 232 career games with Oshawa, London and Kingston.

Carolina’s first round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Skinner departs the organization ranked fifth in franchise history in goals (204), seventh in points (379) and ninth in games played (579). He appeared in the NHL All-Star Game in 2011, and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie that same season.

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TreKronor's avatar

Wow.  I didn’t think Skinner would actually end up being moved, even though it was talked about. 

Buffalo has apparently decided now that they’ve got their generational Dman, they can contend.  Not sure about that, but Skinner should help.  He’s a steady offensive talent who should help stabilize things, which should help Eichel show us what he’s capable of.

Wonder if Buffalo regrets trading Kane?  Good thing they got a 1st for him at least.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/02/18 at 07:54 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

complete giveaway to Buffalo, I think Housley is happy with his front office. I think a 1st-round pick was a nice return for Kane’s value at-the-time. There wasn’t as much bidding compared to what Holland had with Tatar.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 08/03/18 at 04:33 AM ET

Primis's avatar

So BUF gave up one of their top handful of current prospects, a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 6th, in return for a small winger that might score 30, or might score 20, or might not even do that after changing scenery…and that you’re never quite sure which you’re getting to be honest.  He’s scored 37 and 33 before.  He’s scored 18 in 77 games before.  He score 24 this last year.

This sure reminds me a lot of EDM getting McDavid and then deciding “Whelp, we’re ready” and suddenly flipping a switch to Contender Mode and making moves like it… and missing the playoffs altogetehr.  BUF seems to be following the same trend.

I don’t get it.

Posted by Primis on 08/03/18 at 09:36 AM ET


You can look at his goal totals, but also 2nd in league in takeaways and solidly positive possession metrics on bad teams. His shot totals are very consistent, shooting percentage has ebbed and flowed.

Skinner is a very good player and reportedly super hard worker with fitness and offseason training. There’s concussion history which is concerning, however from a skillset perspective he could easily play another 10 years in the NHL as a top 9 wing.

Those late round picks are a very small price to pay, obviously he’s a UFA so they can see if it works and look to resign him. If they do it’s a steal. I don’t know why more “rebuilding” teams didn’t see value in someone who should be a solid contributor for that number of years.

Posted by mtta on 08/03/18 at 11:38 PM ET

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