COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned forward Jack Skille to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen has announced. Skilled made his Blue Jackets debut on Saturday night in Washington, recording one hit, one shot and one takeaway in 7:33 of ice time. He has tallied 1-0-1 and a +1 plus/minus rating in two appearances with Springfield this season.
Skille was Chicago’s first pick, seventh overall, at the 2005 NHL Draft. The 6-1, 215-pound winger has recorded 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points with 73 penalty minutes in 179 NHL career games with the Jackets, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. In 40 games with Florida in 2012-13, Skille tallied 3-9-12, 11 penalty minutes and 96 hits, which was the second-highest total on the team.
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 Badgers freshman in scoring with 13-8-21 and 37 penalty minutes in 41 games.