His effervescent personality and incredible skill set took the League by storm in 2010-11 when his 31 goals and 63 points in 82 games earned him the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie.
Since then, however, Skinner has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
He missed 16 games of his second season with a concussion, and never really regained the form that he had as a rookie on the way to posting 20 goals and 44 points in 64 games. He sustained another concussion last February, at a time when he ranked second on the team with seven goals and 14 points through 13 games.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder returned to an injury-depleted lineup, but went down again in April following a hard hit from Jared Cowen of the Ottawa Senators on April 16. Skinner finished his third season with 13 goals, 24 points and a minus-21 rating in 42 games.