This week the Eastern Edge takes a look at Jeff Skinner’s bounce back season.
Heading into last night’s slate of games, Carolina’s Jeff Skinner had five goals and six points over his last three matches. He has played three-quarters of his even-strength shifts over those three games with Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Staal. During that period, Ruutu has exactly one point, while Staal has four. Staal’s consistency over his last dozen games has been remarkable, recording 14 points and going pointless in only one contest.
The 21-year-old Skinner is in his fourth NHL season. He broke onto the NHL scene with a 31 goal, 63 point rookie campaign. He suffered a concussion during his sophomore season that saw him finish with 20 goals and 44 points in 64 games. Then came last year’s lockout shortened season where he scored 13 goals and 24 points in 42 games.
Since the excellent debut, his games played, goals and points totals have all been trending downwards, no matter how you slice it. In 19 games this season, the former Calder Trophy winner has 17 points, seven of them with the man advantage. He is receiving the third most average power play time on ice on the team. With his recent push, Skinner is on pace for 71 games, 34 goals and 64 points and is (fantasy-)worthy of our trust once again.
Tomas Tatar has seven points in his last six games for the Red Wings. He has spent the majority of his even-strength ice time with Joakim Andersson and Andrew Miller, but has been receiving more time with the likes of Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist.
Nyquist has drawn much of the fantasy world’s interest with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg out for various stints. This is borne out by Nyquist being owned in more than twice as many Yahoo! leagues than Tatar (13 per cent to six per cent), yet Tatar has outscored Nyquist seven to five over their last six contests. That said, Nyquist is still the superior play by virtue of better line-mates and top unit power play opportunities versus TatarR