When Jeff Skinner was diagnosed with a concussion last season, everyone hoped it would be his last. Unfortunately for the Carolina Hurricanes, Jeff Skinner got another concussion at the beginning of this season after falling violently into the boards. Skinner was out five games, and when he returned, he didn’t put up the same offensive numbers he was used to.
On Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators, Skinner was injured again after taking a huge open ice hit from Jared Cowen. The hit was very similar to the one that first concussed Skinner last year. Skinner left the game, and all we were told was that he had an upper body injury. The hit was controversial as Skinner was hit up high, but the height difference might have affected the hit to the head.
If history repeats itself, Skinner may join the list of injured Hurricanes which includes star goalie Cam Ward.
The Hurricanes are far from being in the playoffs, and the main concern is Skinner’s future. Concussions have been notorious for ending player’s careers, and coaching staff knows this. Skinner should not be rushed back into the lineup because the season is almost over and the Hurricanes will most likely miss the playoffs.
Skinner is one of the Canes’ most skilled players, and a crucial player for the franchise. He is ranked fifth on the team in points with 22 ranks first in shots with 144. The way Skinner plays is extremely exciting, and he makes plays that few can. If Skinner cannot keep his head up, more injuries might be in his future.