Skinner Making Mark at Worlds
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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.