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NHL PLAYER, Jeff Skinner


Born May 16, 1992 -- Toronto, Ontario
Selected by Carolina Hurricanes round 1 #7 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Jeff Skinner is a Canadian ice hockey player currently playing for Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Selected seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Skinner was the youngest player in the NHL during the 2010–11 season and is the youngest player ever to play in the NHL All Star Game, as well as any All-Star game within the four major North American sports leagues. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for best rookie in the 2010–11 NHL season at age 18, the first to do so since Tom Barrasso won it in 1983–84 as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.  

Midway through his rookie campaign, Skinner was named to the 2011 All-Star Game roster as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby, making him the first member of the 2010 draft class to be named to the All-Star Game, and the first 18-year-old NHL All-Star since Steve Yzerman. He was chosen by fellow Hurricane Eric Staal, captain of Team Staal. He was later named January 2011's NHL Rookie of the Month.  

On August 7, 2012, Skinner extended his contract to a six-year, $34.4 million deal.   

On December 11, 2015, Skinner got his second hat trick against the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 victory. Three games later, on December 15, 2015, he got another hat trick, this time against the Philadelphia Flyers.  

Skinner was named Alternate Captain of the Hurricanes for the 2016–17 season.

On August 2, 2018, Skinner was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Cliff Pu, a second round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a third and sixth round pick in the 2020 Draft.



Jeff Skinner played in his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the seventh fastest player in NHL history to achieve this milestone. Skinner, who was joined by friends in family in attendance, reflected on those who helped him achieve this milestone ““You kind of go through who helped you out and who helped get you here and I think you start thinking of people and the list keeps growing the more you think. … It’s ironic, I guess, because those are the people that I should be thanking. They are the ones that have helped me get here.” Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato said “It’s a benefit to have him, as a coach, in that regard. He’s a good teammate, and he has a passion for the game. And he brings that every day, which is really important.” Skinner becomes the 13th Buffalo Sabre’s player to reach this milestone.



Skinner Scores Four February 14, 2022 - Sportsnet

Jeff Skinner recorded his first-ever four-goal performance on Sunday, bringing his total to 20 for the season. Skinner also chipped in an assist, leading the Sabres to a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens (marking his first five-point game in the NHL).

This is the eighth time Skinner has reached the 20-goal mark in his 12-year career. He has scored 12 times in the last 18 games, the NHL’s 12th-highest total over that stretch. He will look to keep his hot streak going Tuesday night against the Islanders.


Source: Sportsnet

Skinner’s offseason workouts explains his on-ice success August 16, 2019

Thanks to a multitude of training regiments that include everything from a top figure-skating coach to a martial arts trainer, Jeff Skinner has become a model for all hockey players, young and old, on how to stay fit in the offseason. Recently signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a 8-year contract, the 27-year-old winger is always working on improving his body as well as his game, something that has translated to an already extremely successful NHL career. In 2018-19, Skinner tallied a new career-high in goals with 40.

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Skinner sees big future ahead with Buffalo after signing long-term deal June 12, 2019

After signing an eight-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres last week, Jeff Skinner sees a lot of positives with his new team moving forward, and is ready to take on the challenge of leading them back to the playoffs.  The 27-year-old winger was a revelation after coming over from the Carolina Hurricanes via trade last year, leading the Sabres in goals scored with 40 (a new career-high).  

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Skinner names 2nd star in Sabres’ loss February 08, 2019

Jeff Skinner scored two goals last night – including a late 3rd period tally that forced overtime – in the Buffalo Sabres’ 6-5 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Skinner, who is currently on pace for a career-high in goals, finished the game with two points and a team-high, 6 shots on net. The speedy winger currently ranks 2nd in the league goals with 33 and is tied for 2nd in game winning goals (7).  

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Skinner enters NHL All Star game with impressive stats January 24, 2019

Jeff Skinner was named to the NHL All Star Game earlier this week, after an incredible first half of the season. Acquired via trade by the Buffalo Sabres in the offseason, the 26-year-old sniper has been one of the best scorers in the league this year from almost every statistical standpoint. Through the first 48 games, he is currently tied for 2nd in goals with 30, 4th in even-strength goals (23), tied for 2nd in game-winning goals (7), and has an impressive 19.6% shooting percentage, ranking him 9th in the league.

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Skinner tallies crucial late goal in Sabres’ win December 17, 2018

Jeff Skinner was named the 3rd star of the game last night, as the Buffalo Sabres continued their resurgence in the Eastern Conference, defeating the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-2. The 26-year-old sharpshooter tallied two goals in the contest, including the tie-breaking goal late in the 3rd period to give his team the lead. The native of Toronto, Ontario has been a huge reason why the Buffalo Sabres currently sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference in points with 45. Through 34 games, Skinner has scored an impressive 24 goals, putting him 2nd overall in the running for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

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Skinner stays hot in Sabres’ overtime victory November 09, 2018

Jeff Skinner continued his excellent run of scoring form last night, netting twice in Buffalo’s 6-5, overtime win versus Montreal. The 26-year-old sharpshooter would eventually go on to be named the 1st star of the contest, finishing the game with 2 goals and 3 shots on net. Acquired via trade in the offseason, the Toronto-native has made an instant impact with the Sabres in 2018-19. Through 16 games, Skinner has tallied an impressive 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists). He has been on fire of late, finding the back of the net on 5 occasions in just his last 4 games.

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Skinner stays hot in Sabres’ win October 22, 2018

Jeff Skinner’s fine scoring form continued Sunday night, as the Buffalo Sabres came from behind to defeat the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2. Coming off a hat trick performance on Saturday, the Toronto-native was at again versus the Ducks, tallying his 5th goal of the season along with a game-high 6 shots on net. The new Sabres’ star has started well with his new club, registering 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) and a +8 rating in 9 games to date.

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All indications point to big season for Skinner August 10, 2018

Traded last week by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Buffalo Sabres, Jeff Skinner could be in line for a big first season with his new club. The 26-year-old winger has been able to score at will over his 8-year career, regardless of the merry-go-round of centers he has played with. A 3-time 30-goal scorer, the Toronto-native placed in the top-15 in a plethora of offensive categories over the last 3 seasons, including goals (89), even-strength goals (74), and shot generation (19 shot attempts per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play).

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Skinner traded to the Buffalo Sabres August 03, 2018

Jeff Skinner will continue his career as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, after being traded by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. The 26-year-old forward had been a key cog in the Hurricanes’ attack for the last 8 seasons, registering over 30 goals on 3 occasions, including 31 as an 18-year-old rookie in 2010-11.  The Toronto-native has proven to be one of the most reliable marksmen in the league in recent times, ranking 7th in the NHL over the last 3 seasons in even-strength goals, with 74.

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