So far in 2018-19 Skinner’s been a winner for the Buffalo Sabres
Jeff Skinner won’t win a postseason NHL award, but only because there isn’t one that fits.
The Buffalo Sabres winger could very well be the comeback player of the year, but the league doesn’t have such an award; he could be part of best trade of the year; he might just be the reason Sabres GM Jason Botterill wins executive of the year honours.
It’s safe to say that Skinner individually, and the Buffalo Sabres as a whole, are among the biggest surprises at the halfway point of the NHL season.
From the moment he was put on Jack Eichel’s wing Skinner took off, and so did the Sabres.
Skinner, who’d never scored more than 37 goals in a season, has 28 goals in 42 games and is second overall to Alex Ovechkin’s 30.
“I don’t think the chemistry between him and Jack was to be expected,” says former NHL goalie Martin Biron, who is now an analyst on Sabres games.
“But right from the first game, Jeff had a hat trick and you could tell there was something brewing.”