Rookie seasons like the one Jeff Skinner had come around once every so often. As an 18 year old, he had a 31-goal season, recorded 61 points and produced at an astounding rate of 2.49 points per 60 minutes during 5-on-5 play. A rookie putting up those kind of numbers is rare and it's unheard of for an 18-year old to have that kind of year. Having a rookie season like this will do wonders for your expectations and Skinner's were off the charts after this season. He was known as an elite goal-scorer when he was drafted and after potting 31 in his rookie season, it led you to believe that he could do the same in the NHL and possibly do more in future seasons. Things haven't quite gone this way, though.
After his terrific rookie season, Skinner scored 20 goals and had 44 points in 64 games his sophomore season and right now, he has only 13 goals and 23 points over 40 games. This scoring pace would give him only 26 goals and 47 points in a full 82-game season, which is probably lower than what many people had expected from him after his great rookie season. His scoring rate has also plummeted to 1.29 points per 60 minutes this year after scoring over two points per 60 minutes in his first two seasons. This along with his -20 rating has a lot of fans wondering what has gone wrong with Skinner's development and what he is doing differently from his rookie season.
Seeing Skinner's point totals fall off is frustrating because he has actually made a lot of improvements in his game from his rookie season, despite what some want you to believe.no comments