The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes 3 years ago today (August 2, 2018).
The Sabres revealed that the Hurricanes bought 20-year-old forward Cliff Pu, a 2019 second-round pick, and the third and sixth round picks in the 2020 draft.
Until then, Skinner’s entire NHL career has been spent with this team, and the team selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft. The 26-year-old player completed 24 goals and 25 assists last season. He ranked seventh in team history in goals (204) and points (379).
So since coming to the Sabres team to play, how has his performance been?
Well, this deal is definitely a huge victory for Sabres in the first year. In the 2018-19 NHL season, Skinner scored a team-leading 40 goals and 23 assists in all 82 games.
However, in the following 2019-20 season, only 59 games played due to the pandemic, Skinner scored 14 goals and 9 assists with a -22 rating.
Finally, in the past 2020-21 season, Skinner only scored 7 goals and had 7 assists in 53 of 56 games (shortened season).
Obviously, Sabres only got a spectacular year from him, and this deal adds more value to Canes than Buffalo in the future.
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