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Skinner voted 'Last Man In,' joins Eichel as Atlantic Division All-Star

Forward ranks second in NHL with 29 goals this season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jeff Skinner is going to San Jose. 

The Sabres winger has been voted as the 'Last Man In' on the Atlantic Division All-Star team, the league announced Friday afternoon. The new initiative from the NHL gave fans the chance to vote up to 10 times per day to select the final player on each division's roster for All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at SAP Center.

Skinner is tied with Toronto's John Tavares for second in the NHL with 29 goals this season. He's on pace to score the third-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Alexander Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56). 

Sabres fans rallied throughout the week behind a social media push to send Skinner to San Jose. The forward said Thursday that he was grateful for the support.

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"It's been cool," he said. "For me, coming to Buffalo, it's been a new experience - a new fanbase, new teammates, a new organization. Everyone's made me feel real comfortable from the beginning and it's continued. It's a good feeling."

Skinner joins Jack Eichel as the second Sabres' representative on the Atlantic Division roster, marking the first time Buffalo has had multiple All-Stars in a single season since Danny Briere, Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller all started for the Eastern Conference in 2007. 

It's Skinner's second career All-Star selection, the first having come during his Calder Trophy-winning rookie campaign as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010-11. 

He'll make his return to Carolina when the Sabres visit the Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday night. Coverage on MSG-B begins at 7 p.m. 

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