October11, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his 3rd period tying goal in front of the Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) at PNC Center. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner Deserves To Be on Canada's Olympic Hockey Team

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner entered the year as a third-line player. He couldn’t fit in with either of the Staal brothers, so that put him into a bottom-six role. Now, Jeff Skinner has teamed up with Eric Staal to become one of the best duos in the NHL. Jeff Skinner is the NHL’s hottest goal scorer, and he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.

Dec 12, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his goal in front of Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo (31) during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Skinner has 30 points in 30 games this season for the Carolina Hurricanes. His 19 goals ranks tied for 11th in the NHL, and he missed 11 games early in the season due to injury. That’s remarkably impressive from the 21-year-old forward.

Jeff Skinner is the only player in the top 11 to play less than 35 games, and he is the youngest player in that group. He’s had two hat tricks in the past month.

In Jeff Skinner’s last five games, he has seven goals, including a hat trick against the Washington Capitals. Jeff Skinner is obviously turned into one of the league’s best players. I think you can make a strong case for him to be on Canada’s Olympic Hockey Team.

If you think Jeff Skinner is good on NHL ice surfaces, you will be absolutely amazed by what he could do on international ice. The international ice surface is much larger, and Jeff Skinner’s game thrives on speed and open space. International rinks have much more space, which makes it easier for Jeff Skinner to do the things he does best, which is utilize his speed and talent.

Jeff Skinner is the hottest scorer in the NHL. Skinner would bring speed and scoring to Team Canada. He would make them even more dangerous than they would be without him.

I think it is more than fair to say that Jeff Skinner is deserving of a spot on an Olympic roster. While he is very good, there are a lot of very good Canadian hockey players that also deserve a spot on the team.

Jeff Skinner, most likely, will not make Team Canada, but he at least deserves a good look.


Does Jeff Skinner DESERVE To Be On Team Canada

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