Here are five things about new Sabres winger Jeff Skinner, acquired Wednesday night in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Quick start: After being selected seventh overall in 2010, Skinner scored 31 goals to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. He beat out an impressive group of Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Logan Couture for top rookie honors. He also made the All-Star Game.
No playoffs: The Sabres now have the league's two longest-tenured players without making the playoffs in Skinner and Zach Bogosian. Skinner has played 579 games and never made the postseason. Bogosian has played 552. The honor had belonged to Evander Kane, but the former Sabre made the playoffs with San Jose after a deal at the trading deadline.
20 points: Skinner had 24 goals and 25 assists last season and has now eclipsed 20 goals in six of his eight NHL seasons. His career high is 37, set in the 2016-17 season. In all, he has 204 goals and 175 assists in 579 NHL games.
On the ice: Skinner played all 82 games for the second time in the last three seasons. He played 79 in 2016-17, 77 in 2014-15 and 71 in 2013-14. That follows concussion issues early in his career that limited his playing time. He missed 16 games with a concussion in the 2011-12 season, missed time after the lockout in 2013 and had a third concussion early in the 2014-15 season, although he returned quickly. "Anytime you’re coming off multiple injuries, the same injury, all of a sudden guys lose a step and those are fair questions," then-Hurricanes coach Bill Peters told the National Post in 2016. "These upper body injuries, like concussions, are scary."
Figure skater: Skinner's balance is among his best attributes. He cites his background as a figure skater as the reason, and he isn't shy about busting out a figuring skating move. Here he hits a double axel in practice.