Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes became the eighth player in NHL history to score 30 goals as an 18-year-old when he beat Detroit's Jimmy Howard on a wraparound at 18:47 of the second period of Wednesday night's game.
Skinner skated around the net and tucked the puck between Howard and the right post to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in a game they won 3-0 at the RBC Center.
The seventh pick in the 2010 Entry Draft became the first 18-year-old to score 30 times in a season since Sidney Crosby in 2005-06, and the seventh-youngest player ever to get 30.
Minnesota's Brian Bellows is the youngest player to reach 30 goals -- he was 18 years and 196 days old when he did it in 1982-83. Crosby (18 years, 216 days) is the second-youngest, followed by L.A.'s Jimmy Carson (18 years, 244 days) in 1986-87, Bob Carpenter of the Washington Capitals (18 years, 247 days) in 1981-82, Detroit's Steve Yzerman (18 years, 272 days) in 1983-84 and Winnipeg's Dale Hawerchuk (18 years, 307 days) in 1981-82.
Vancouver's Trevor Linden also reached 30 goals as an 18-year-old in 1988-89; he got his 30th goal 10 days before he turned 19.
Carolina's Jeff Skinner is the eighth player in NHL history to score 30 goals as an 18-year-old and the seventh-youngest to do so.
|Bob Carpenter, WSH||1981-82||18-247|
|Dale Hawerchuk, WPG||1981-82||18-307|
|Brian Bellows, MIN||1982-83||18-196|
|Steve Yzerman, DET||1983-83||18-272|
|Jimmy Carson, LAK||1986-87||18-244|
|Trevor Linden, VAN||1988-89||18-356|
|Sidney Crosby, PIT||2005-06||18-216|
|Jeff Skinner, CAR||2010-11||18-325|