Skinner edged Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (7-4--11 in 13 games), Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis (3-7--10 in 12 games), New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (3-7--10 in 14 games) and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (6-0-0, 1.90 GAA in six games) for the award.
The Hurricanes went 6-1-0 in games that Skinner tallied a goal in January, beginning with his two-goal performance in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 1. He sparked the Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 7 by notching a pair of second-period goals that erased a 2-0 Panthers lead. He also recorded a five-game point streak from Jan. 7-15 (five goals, three assists).
The Markham, Ont. native was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game Jan. 26 and earned an assist for Team Staal in the mid-season showcase in front of a home crowd at the RBC Center Jan. 30, becoming the youngest All-Star in NHL history (18 years, 259 days). Skinner broke the record set by Steve Yzerman in 1984 (18 years, 267 days).
Skinner joins previous Rookie of the Month winners Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals (October), the Flyers' Bobrovsky (November) and Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks (December).
Jeff Skinner in January | Highlights
|Jan. 1||NEW JERSEY||2||0||2||6-3 win|
|Jan. 3||FLORIDA||0||0||0||4-3 loss (OT)|
|Jan. 5||at NY Rangers||0||0||0||2-1 loss (OT)|
|Jan. 7||at Florida||2||1||3||5-3 win|
|Jan. 9||ATLANTA||1||0||1||4-3 win (OT)|
|Jan. 11||CALGARY||0||1||1||6-5 win (SO)|
|Jan. 13||at Buffalo||1||0||1||3-2 loss|
|Jan. 15||TAMPA BAY||1||1||2||6-4 win|
|Jan. 17||at Boston||0||0||0||7-0 loss|
|Jan. 18||BOSTON||0||1||1||3-2 loss|
|Jan. 20||NY RANGERS||1||1||2||4-1 win|
|Jan. 22||at Pittsburgh||0||0||0||3-2 loss|
|Jan. 24||TORONTO||1||0||1||6-4 win|
|Jan. 26||at NY Islanders||0||0||0||4-2 win|