“He was doing things we’ve never seen anyone in our organization do at that age,” said General Manager Jim Rutherford. “His tenacity and willingness to win battles were exceptional. When the game was on the line, he was making a lot of things happen.”
It’s rare for players to make the jump to the NHL as 18-year-olds in their draft year, but faced with the decision of keeping him or sending him back to his junior team (he cannot play in the American Hockey League due to his age), the Canes may feel that he has little left to prove after scoring 70 total goals in the Ontario Hockey League last season. Only a key role on Canada’s World Junior team could serve to further aid his development.
“That’s always the juggling act an organization has to go through,” said Rutherford. “He’s going to get another test here at the main training camp, but I would be greatly surprised if our decision was that difficult.”
Look for a contract to be headed Skinner’s way in the next few weeks.
If he's capable of playing in the top 9, it would be a horrible waste of a year of his career to send him back to juniors. We want him to score in the NHL. He's not going to develop any more on that front beating up on the kids in the OHL. That's the same reason all these kids of that calibur get shots when they are that young. Its a big transition to make, and the sooner and more informed they are about it, the sooner they can start working on what they need to work on.
So he gets the preseason and up to a 9 game tryout. I think saying he's penciled in for the whole season is an overstatement. The GM after all wants to create some Buzz and excitement for the upcoming season, so he's not going to undersell the first round draft pick.
If he were legit for a top 9 spot then I'd be a lotbetter about it. You can't say Jr wouldn't just give a kid a top 9 spot, he would. He thought jj was ready for a top 6 spot the day he drafted him. I want Skinner to be the best choice as a player after camp for the spot,not now.