The Carolina Hurricanes formally announced today that star winger Jeff Skinner and leading scoring defenceman Joni Pitkanen will both be out “indefinitely” due to concussions. The formal release from the team is below:
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Jeff Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely. Rutherford also updated the status of defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who has also been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely.
Skinner, 19, currently leads the Hurricanes in goals (12) and points (24). He has missed the team’s last two games, marking the first games he has missed in his NHL career. Pitkanen, 28, leads all Hurricanes defensemen in points (12) and assists (9) and is tied for first among Carolina blueliners with three goals. He has missed the team’s last three games.
This continues a rash of injuries for the Hurricanes this season, as several players have been out for at least a few games due to injury. Defenseman Jay Harrison finally practiced with the team today after being out with an upper body injury, and the team will be without back-up goaltender Brian Boucher for at least a few more weeks with a lower body injury.