COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed forward Jack Skille off waivers from the New York Islanders, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Blue Jackets have also placed forward Boone Jenner on Injured Reserve, as well as forwards Nathan Horton and Sonny Milano and defenseman Ryan Murray on the injured non-roster list.
Skille, 27, has registered 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points and 79 penalty minutes in 194 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Blue Jackets. The 6-1, 215-pound winger recorded 4-0-4 and six penalty minutes in 16 contests with Columbus in the regular season and added an assist in six playoff games last season.
Selected by Chicago in the first round, seventh overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft, Skille has also appeared in 211 career American Hockey League games and collected 76-84-160 and 159 penalty minutes with the Norfolk Admirals, Rockford IceHogs and Springfield Falcons.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Skille won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and helped the Americans capture gold at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships. He also won a national championship with the University of Wisconsin in 2006 after leading all Badger freshmen in scoring with 13-8-21 and 37 penalty minutes in 41 games.