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Hurricanes send Skinner and Faulk to AHL

Sep 15, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

Jeff Skinner AP

The impending lockout is going to make a lot of AHL teams very happy with their sudden influx of talent. For instance, the Carolina Hurricanes affiliate in Charlotte.

The Canes sent down 28 players to their farm team and chief amongst them was 2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner. Joining Skinner in Charlotte will be breakout young defenseman Justin Faulk as well as last year’s college signing Jeremy Welsh.

Skinner getting sent down comes off looking startling considering his rapid success in the league, but the kid is just 20 years-old and coming off a season that saw him miss 28 games to injury. Even after missing that many games he still scored 20 goals and added 24 assists.

Faulk was the Hurricanes’ leader in average time on ice and doing that as a rookie is stunning. In 66 games he scored eight goals from the blue line and instantly became a top player.

Seeing those two along with Welsh in the AHL should help make Charlotte an instantly fun team to keep an eye on during the lockout.

  1. bcsteele - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Hell can we just air all of the AHL games this year while the NHL and NHLPA dick measure?

    With all of these moves it could really be some fun hockey to watch…I JUST WANT HOCKEY

  2. captaincanuck84 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Do guys getting sent to the minors get their full NHL contracts? And if not, do they get a choice to go or not?

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