The Calder Watch: Jeff Skinner Does More Than Score

Player Team Pos GP G A P +/- ESP SHP PPP HmP RdP DvP ODvP P/G
1 Jeff Skinner CAR C 53 18 23 41 0 27 0 14 24 17 14 27 .77
2 Logan Couture SJS C 50 23 11 34 11 26 0 8 10 24 7 27 .68
3 Taylor Hall EDM L 53 17 16 33 -7 26 0 7 12 21 4 29 .62
4 Derek Stepan NYR C 56 15 16 31 1 25 0 6 14 17 8 23 .55
5 Brad Marchand BOS C 50 14 14 28 24 23 5 0 12 16 6 22 .56
6 Tyler Ennis BUF L 51 12 16 28 -7 17 0 11 12 16 8 20 .55
7 Bryan Bickell CHI L 50 12 16 28 11 25 0 3 16 12 10 18 .56
8 Cam Fowler ANA D 48 6 22 28 -15 12 0 16 16 12 7 21 .58
9 Jordan Eberle EDM R 40 10 17 27 -1 20 2 5 12 15 7 20 .68
10 Kevin Shattenkirk COL D 41 7 19 26 -7 16 0 10 15 11 6 20 .63
11 Michael Grabner NYI R 48 16 8 24 3 21 1 2 16 8 3 21 .50
12 P.K. Subban MTL D 49 6 17 23 -1 14 0 9 18 5 6 17 .47

(Top rookie stats from NHL.com effective 2-7-11)

Carolina Hurricanes super rookie Jeff Skinner currently leads all NHL rookies in scoring, (as well as in points per game average), but there is much more to the youngster's game than meets the eye. 

Skinner is near the top of the leaderboard in several major categories for the Hurricanes.

Of course, Skinner is tied with Tuomo Ruutu for second on the team in scoring and has been for quite some time.  But the rookie also leads the team in shootout goals, (3), and is 3-for-3 on home ice, (including the one "home" game in Helsinki). 

He is second only to Eric Staal in shots on goal, (136), and second to Tuomo Ruutu in team shooting percentage, (13.2%).

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, he's fourth on the team in takeaways, (33), behind only Staal, Erik Cole, and Joe Corvo.   He is also fourth on the team in plus/minus with a +/-0. (Considering all Carolina players who have appeared in 50 or more games.)

The youngest player in the NHL will even throw out some hits when he has the chance.  He's currently 10th on the Hurricanes with 50 hits and is ahead of other regulars, Joni Pitkanen, (47), Sergei Samsonov, (40), Joe Corvo, (39), Jussi Jokinen, (31), and Ian White, (24).

Skinner is tied with Ruutu for fourth on the team with 14 powerplay points, ahead of Samsonov, (9), Pitkanen, (7), and Cole, (6).  Staal, Corvo, and Jokinen are the top three powerplay scorers.  (He's sixth on the team in average powerplay minutes per game). 

The youngster seems to have acclimated to his home ice in Raleigh pretty well. He is second highest on the team with 24 points registered at the RBC this season, (in 25 home games).  Only Staal has more.

He's already improved from where he was at the beginning of the year, (especially in his own end), and will only get better. 

We will continue to monitor his stats and his chances to win the Calder Trophy as the season moves on.

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