The summer of 2013 is going to be a busy one for the Florida Panthers. While getting healthy will be their primary concern, they also have some spots that need addressing, including the blue line and the goaltending, as they try and rebound from an awful shortened season.
They also have some decisions to make on free agents this offseason. Some are of the restricted variety. That list includes Jack Skille. Acquired in the deal that sent Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak to the Chicago Blackhawks, Skille’s career has been one of extreme disappointment.
Skille has appeared in two technically full seasons with the Panthers, totaling 86 games between the pair. In those two full seasons, he only has 22 points combined, seven of which are goals. Of course, it’s not for lack of trying. He sports an awful shooting percentage, at five percent last year and four this year.
But more was expected from a seventh overall pick. He wasn’t able to put it together in Chicago, and hasn’t provided much of anything offensively for the Panthers. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he isn’t worth keeping around for the Cats. As long as the price is right.
What Skille does bring to the table is something that you could want from a fourth line player, which is all that he is at this point in his career. He keeps up a solid forecheck and knows how to use the body, finishing the season with 96 hits in 40 games during the 2013 season. Add a little bit of offense, and he’s a decent winger in a minimal role.
Teams aren’t really going to be out to get Skille on the market. The Panthers could let him test the waters and then bring him back relatively easily. It may only take a six figure contract. While losing him wouldn’t change much, he could be worth keeping around for the next year or two, simply as a depth guy.