The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday announced the team acquired forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Skinner (age 26, 5'11", 200 pounds) joins the Sabres after spending his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes. In his 579 career games, he has totaled 379 points (204 goals, 175 assists), scoring the 20th-most goals in the NHL during that span and tying for 10th-most at even strength (159).
A native of Toronto, Skinner recorded 49 points (24/25) in 82 games last season, topping the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career. He finished the season tied for 12th among all NHL players with 89 goals during the past three seasons and tied for seventh with 74 even-strength goals during that same span.
Skinner was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his first season, he topped the 30-goal mark for the first of three times in his career, earning a Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.