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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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)