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Must see TV: Skinner’s smooth spin-o-rama

Nov 21, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

Disclaimer: We here at PHT are suckers for a good spin-o-rama. Sometimes we’ll see moves that are just filthy, nasty moves where the defenseman gets worked like a rented mule. Other times, the move is just so smooth, you wonder why the defenseman couldn’t keep up with the offensive player. Of course, then you watch the replay and realize the defenseman was just worked like the aforementioned rented mule.

Jeff Skinner gave us a spin-o-rama that falls into the latter category during the Hurricanes’ 4-2 victory over the Flyers. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to a effortless move and feel bad for the all-star defenseman that just got YouTube’d.

Here’s to you Kimmo Timonen.

  1. quixotissimo - Nov 22, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    The biggest difference between Rookie Jeff Skinner and 2nd Year Jeff Skinner is his confidence and creativity with his skating. This season he seems to routinely enter the offensive zone skating backward, a seemingly vulnerable position, but this kid skates just as fast in reverse, and he’s getting the knack for knowing when he has the space to make a move like this and when to pass off to a teammate, of course sometimes he just gets rubbed out along the boards, either way its fun to watch, and on occasion you get to witness a move like this. He’s easily one of the top 5 skaters in the game.

  2. nhlbruins90 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    I see a whole lot of boys enrolling in male figure skating classes across North America. Who knew it could be a training ground for future NHL stars. One thing is for sure, those moves by Skinner are mesmerizing. He can move 360 degrees effortlessly. Watch him skate sideways behind the net after scoring.

  3. arsement - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Skinner is really fun to watch. He doesn’t have much speed in the neutral zone but his creativity and skill make up for it.

    You go, kid.

  4. whatswellydoing - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

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