Tracking the Storm

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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72