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Skinner Making Mark at Worlds

Monday, 05.2.2011 / 10:54 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Skinner Making Mark at Worlds
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Add the World Championship to the list of things that Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner excels at in his first attempt.

Skinner, who turns 19 in two weeks, leads the tournament in scoring as of Monday morning with 5 points (3g, 2a) in just two games. Much as he was for most of his first professional season in the NHL, he is the youngest player in the 16-team event.

In Canada’s first game on Friday, Skinner scored what would hold up as the game-winning goal in the second period of a 4-1 victory over Belarus. He would add an assist on linemate John Tavares’ goal early in the third. Video of his goal – a great finish from in close – can be found at the 31-second mark of the video below.

On Sunday, Skinner led his team and became the first player to record a 3-point game in this year’s tournament with a 2 goal, one assist showing in the 9-1 rout of France. Skinner’s second goal came on a penalty shot in the third period.

Canada, the only team in Group B to earn the maximum number of points in its first two contests, next faces Switzerland on Tuesday.

Rounding out other Hurricanes’ representatives from the tournament’s opening weekend:

Tuomo Ruutu, who is serving as an alternate captain for Finland, scored the final goal of his team’s 5-1 victory over Denmark on Saturday. His 17:45 of ice time ranked third on the team behind Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu and the KHL’s Juhamatti Aaltonen.

Finland plays its second game against Latvia on Monday.

• Ruutu’s goal came against Denmark’s Frederik Andersen, who was the Hurricanes’ final pick (seventh round, 187th overall) in last year’s Entry Draft. Andersen, a 21-year-old discovered by the Hurricanes’ scouting staff during the 2010 World Championship in Germany, made 39 saves on 44 shots against.

Andersen, who the Canes list at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, plays in his country’s domestic league. Denmark will next face the Czech Republic on Monday.

• Defenseman Justin Krueger, who played four years at Cornell University prior to spending last season with Bern of the Swiss league, ranks third on Germany with an average of 18:13 of ice time in two games played. He’s tied for the team lead with four penalty minutes and has an even plus/minus rating.

Krueger, who recently signed his first professional contract with the Hurricanes, will help Germany improve to a surprising 3-0 start as his team faces Slovenia on Tuesday.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
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10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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