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10-25-2012, 04:43 PM
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I skipped last Saturday's game, but in the first 3 games Skjei had a regular rotation on the "3rd pair" with Nate Schmidt who is one of the leaders on the Gophers' D and was on many preseason lists for Hobey candidates. Schmidt is an offensive guy who jumps into the play a ton so I thought it said a lot that Coach Lucia was willing to have Skjei anchor him. The 3 pairs rotated regularly and Skjei also played PP and PK.

Again, I did not see Saturday's game but I thought Skjei was in an excellent situation overall. He did look much better in his own zone at home vs. Michigan State, which to me could be attributed to the Olympic ice (skating can cover mistakes, also has more space to keep players in front of him). Hopefully his injury is not serious.

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