Couture, Grabner and Skinner received the most votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in results announced Tuesday. The winner will be revealed during the NHL awards ceremony on June 22 in Las Vegas.
The 22-year-old Couture scored 32 goals and had 56 points. Grabner, claimed off waivers by the Islanders from Florida on Oct. 5, had a team-best 34 goals. The 18-year-old Skinner led rookies with 63 points despite being the NHL's youngest player.
Finalists for the other major awards will be announced over the next two weeks.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings