became a Carolina Hurricane when he was chosen with the seventh pick in the NHL Entry Draft at the Staples Center in June. Less than four months later, he got his first NHL goal in the same building.
The 18-year-old center scored his first NHL goal Wednesday night when he put in a rebound at 14:39 of the second period of the Hurricanes' game at Los Angeles, tying the score at 3-3. The Hurricanes controlled the puck in the Kings' zone and got it back to Anton Babchuk
at the right point. Jonathan Bernier
stopped Babchuk's shot, but the puck squirted to the goaltender's left, and Skinner backhanded it into the net for his milestone goal.
Skinner scored 50 goals in 64 games last season for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 3 assists in his first 5 games with Carolina.