In totally unsurprising news the Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of training camp PTO standout Jack Skille to a one year, $700k contract. But who exactly is Jack Skille? Let's take a look at the latest addition to our ranks.
#Canucks sign Jack Skille to a one-year one-way deal worth $700,000.— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) 13 October 2016
Name: Jack Skille
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 98kg (ish)
Drafted: 2005, 7th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks
NHL stats from eliteprospects.com:
CAREER TO DATE
- Skille was drafted three spots ahead of Luc Bourdon, and four ahead of Anze Kopitar. For all the what-ifs about not selecting Kopitar, imagine how good the Hawks would have been with a trio of Toews-Kane-Kopitar. At the time Skille was thought to have great scoring potential, having impressed with the USNTDP. He went on to play two years of NCAA hockey with Wisconsin, without pulling up any trees.
- His first NHL break was with the Hawks: 25pts in 79 games across four seasons saw him traded in the 2010-11 season (our great season) to the Panthers, along with Hugh Jessiman. Michael Frolik was the return.
- Skille fared little better in Florida: 24pts in 99 games across three seasons. Florida released him in 2013. He knows Erik Gudbranson well from those three years.
- A one year trial in Columbus saw 4 goals in 16 games; the Islanders then signed him but lost him back to the Jackets on waivers, where he posted 6-2-8 in 45 games - with a -18 to boot.
- Skille played with Colorado last season, posting 8 goals and 6 assists in 74 games.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
- Not much. Skille played a solid game throughout camp; scoreless through four games, he nevertheless outplayed more established players within the Canucks organization to earn this deal. Emerson Etem, who was waived to make room for him, was claimed by Anaheim. Like Olivia Newton-John, he likes to get physical:
- In terms of offense, we shouldn't get our hopes up - anything like the 8-6-14 from last season is all we can hope for. Skille isn't being brought in to put up 30pts from the 4th line. He's here to play solid hockey and to limit mistakes. But he can do this:
- Could this mean we see less of Derek Dorsett? The Canucks marketing team probably hopes not. But boy, can he throw them down:
- In reality, Skille will slide in and out of the lineup and play somewhere between 40 and 60 games, barring injuries. He'll see plenty of Alex Burrows, and likely Brendan Gaunce as well. Did I mention he has some good hands?
A solid signing who may chip in more than we expect. And with his determination, he's an upgrade on Etem.