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Jeff Skinner wins Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year

Jun 22, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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All season long Carolina’s Jeff Skinner played in the NHL like he’d been there for ages. The fact that he was a fresh faced kid and first round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft didn’t seem to faze him and took opponents by surprise as Skinner roared to a season that saw him score 31 goals and assist on 32 others while leading all rookies in points. That kind of season will get you noticed and for Skinner it was good enough to get him the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year.

Skinner beat out San Jose’s Logan Couture and Islanders forward Michael Grabner for the honor. Despite that stiff competition Skinner’s efforts in leading the Hurricanes nearly into the playoffs when there wasn’t too much expected of them is something else. Skinner now adds this accomplishment to his All-Star Team inclusion to help make his first season in the NHL even more memorable.

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  1. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Complete nonsense. Should have been Couture. Extremely poor decision.

  2. shaqattaqer - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    wtf is this band that is playing right now???? are you kidding me???????

  3. sharksfan754 - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    East coast bias. Nothing against skinner but this should’ve gone to couture. I think skinner got it because he’s 19 and couture played 25 games in 2009-10 so maybe not a “true” rookie in voters minds

  4. spizzjr - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Fuck all of you grabner was the clear choice he worked his ass off an missed approximately 14 games he could have had forty goals easily

    • dreadpiratesteve - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      Grabners a clown and so are you.

  5. bcjim - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Correct choice was made. Grabner being a “rookie” is pushing it. How old is he? If Rory McIlroy joins the US PGA Tour in 2014 should he be a ROY candidate then?

  6. scapistron - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Great write up on the Calder finalists.

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