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Skinner Leading The Rookie Points Race

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Jeff Skinner awoke Wednesday morning to find himself standing alone atop the NHL’s list of leading rookie scorers, with 15 points in his first 15 NHL games.

The youngest player in the league was even tied for 14th in scoring in the entire league, sharing that position with established stars like Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Thornton, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis and Dany Heatley. Oh, and Carolina Hurricanes teammate Eric Staal.

Still, the stats don’t really capture exactly what has made the 18-year-old such an instant success with the Hurricanes.

“When it’s time to shine, he’s not afraid to try things, and he’s not afraid to fail,” Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu said. “He sees it as an opportunity. That’s how I see him. You can see it in his body language. He enjoys playing hockey. I like it. It’s fun to watch that kind of player.”


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