This season has been one to forget for the Florida Panthers. Injuries have pretty much derailed their season, and their only goal at this point is likely trying to keep out of the cellar in the Eastern Conference.
There have been a few positives for the Cats, though. Jonathan Huberdeau is looking like a lock for the Calder Trophy. Jack Skille is looking like he finally is turning a corner for this team. One of those positives is significantly more surprising than the other one for the Panthers.
Skille was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks, in the deal that sent former 20-goal scorer Michael Frolik to the Windy City, in a deal that included a few others. It was a trade that could have essentially been considered a wash for the two sides. But Frolik has re-invented himself and Skille is beginning to look like a legitimate player.
It’s easy to forget that Skille is still just 25 years old. He was a seventh overall pick of the Blackhawks and has been a guy with decent tools, but hasn’t transformed into anything above a fourth line player.
Now he’s beginning to change that reputation. Skille is beginning to use his size and speed effectively to set up, and take advantage of, scoring opportunities. He has just 10 points on the season, half of which have come in the last six games. If Skille can prove to be a consistent player, capable of putting up 3o or 40 points, he could prove to be a very nice asset for this Panthers team in the future.
He probably won’t ever live up to his billing as a no. 7 overall pick, but the Panthers would probably be pretty happy if he ends up being a solid role player.