There are many bright young stars right now in the National Hockey League. If there is one that could be shining above the rest at his young age, it is Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes. At age 20, Skinner is already in his third year in the NHL and has tallied five goals in the first five games of the season for Carolina. There are not many players who can boast those kind of numbers and if Skinner can continue improving, the Hurricanes may become a team to reckon with in the next decade.
Skinner scored 63 points in his rookie season before falling slightly last season, but that can be expected out of a player who wasn’t even out of their teens yet. Skinner is the type of player that fits perfectly on a team with Eric Staal, who brings a certain amount of respect from opposing players. When that happens, Skinner can score goals in bunches, as he already has this season.
I’m sure Skinner will be pressed into an even bigger role over the next decade, but right now Skinner needs to keep producing in the way he has been early in his career. Skinner could be one of the biggest stars in the NHL within a few years. Carolina should be very lucky to have a player of Skinner’s ability on their roster and I really hope that the Hurricanes have enough success where Skinner doesn’t have to be traded later in his career. I just can’t believe how good a player can be at that age.