Jack Skille

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Jack Skille
Jack Skille - Columbus Blue Jackets 2014.jpg
Skille in 2014.
Born (1987-05-19) May 19, 1987 (age 28)
Madison, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago Blackhawks
Florida Panthers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2005
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2007–present

Jack Skille (born May 19, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also previously played in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers.

As a highly-regarded forward prospect, Skille was drafted by the Blackhawks with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft out of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Skille was the third in the group of eight American-born players that were selected in the first round, surpassing the previous record of seven Americans selected in the first round in both 1986 and 2003.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Jack Skille scores the game-winning goal against Cornell University.

In his freshman campaign at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the Badgers men's ice hockey team, he made an immediate impact, leading all Badger freshmen in scoring with 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points. He also finished the season as the eighth-leading point-scorer for the team. Skille’s goal 11:13 into the third overtime propelled the top-seeded Badgers past Cornell University 1–0 on March 26, 2006, in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final at the Resch Center, and into the team's first Frozen Four since 1992.[1]

In his sophomore year, Skille suffered an injury that made him sit out a good portion of the season. After the Badgers failed to qualify for the 2007 NCAA tournament, Skille signed with the Norfolk Admirals, the Anaheim Ducks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

Professional[edit]

Skille with the Blackhawks.
Skille in 2012.

After signing with the Blackhawks to a three-year, entry-level contract, Skille was assigned to the team's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

Skille made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on December 30, 2007. He was brought up from the IceHogs to cover for an injured player, and later scored his first career NHL goal and assist on January 8, 2008, against Cristobal Huet of the Montreal Canadiens. Skille was later selected to represent Rockford at the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.

Prior to signing with the Blackhawks for the 2010–11 season, Skille appeared in 30 games with the Blackhawks over three seasons (2007 to 2010), collecting eight points (five goals and three assists) and five penalty minutes, including two points (one goal and one assist ) in six regular season games with Chicago during the team's 2009–10 Stanley Cup-winning campaign.

During his first full season with the Blackhawks, on February 9, 2011, Skille was traded, along with Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan, to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Michael Frolík and Alexander Salák.[2]

As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Skille signed with the GET-ligaen side Rosenborg of Norway to play until the end of the lockout. Skille did not receive any wages from Rosenborg, and was the first NHL player to play in the Norwegian league during the lockout.[3]

On July 6, 2013, Skille was signed as a free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a one-year, two-way contract.[4] During a stretch with the Blue Jackets, he scored four goals in seven games played at the time.

On July 1, 2014, Skille was again on the move, signing as a free agent on a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.[5] However, Skille returned to the Blue Jackets on October 5, 2014, after being claimed off waivers.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Hockey Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Leksand
Under-18 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Pilsen
Silver medal – second place 2004 Minsk

Prior to joining the Badgers was a member of the USA Hockey-sponsored National Development Team. He won a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships in the Czech Republic collecting a goals and three assists in six games at the championship. Skille collected 24 goals, 31 assists and 55 points in 54 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team during 2004–05 and was whistled for 76 penalty minutes during the season. In international play as a NDTP player, Skille had tournament-best seven points to lead the Americans to first place at the Four Nations Cup in Ann Arbor, Michigan and led tournament with eight points as U.S. team placed first at Five Nations Tournament in Tjörn, Sweden.

He split the 2003–04 season with the U.S. Under-17 Team and U.S. Under-18 Team, playing in 61 games total, posted 25 goals, 19 assists and 44 points to go along with 61 penalty minutes. He also had a goal and an assist to help U.S. Under-18 Team to silver at 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Prior to him joining the US Development Team, Skille led the Verona Area Wildcats to two WIAA State Hockey Tournament appearances. He had a total of 99 points in the two years with Verona Area.

Personal life[edit]

Skille is the son of Lee and Carrie. Father Lee skated at Wisconsin in the mid-1970s, served as the head hockey coach at Century High School in Bismarck, ND and head hockey coach and athletic director at Madison West High School. Skille has two sisters, Maggie and Claire. He attended Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Verona Area High School in Verona, Wisconsin.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 US NTDP NAHL 28 11 9 20 31
2004–05 US NTDP NAHL 16 6 11 17 20
2005–06 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 39 13 7 20 35
2006–07 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 26 8 10 18 12
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 9 4 4 8 0 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 59 16 18 34 44 12 2 1 3 6
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 3 2 5 0
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 1 0 1 5
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 58 20 25 45 56
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 1 1 2 0
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 63 23 26 49 50 4 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 49 7 10 17 25
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 13 1 1 2 4
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 46 4 6 10 28
2012–13 Rosenborg IHK GET 9 6 6 12 20
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 40 3 9 12 11
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 22 13 11 24 9
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 16 4 0 4 6 6 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 45 6 2 8 16
NHL totals 239 30 31 61 95 6 0 1 1 0

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States U18 2nd 6 1 1 2 4
2005 United States U18 1st 6 1 3 4 8
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 2 0 2 4
2007 United States WJC 3rd 7 1 5 6 14
2011 United States WC 8th 2 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 26 5 9 14 30
Senior totals 2 1 0 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eidelbes, Mike (2006-03-26). "Fourth on the Line Chart, Number One in Your Hearts". Inside College Hockey. Archived from the original on 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Panthers acquire trio from Chicago". Florida Panthers. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  3. ^ Lillealtern, Randi (11 October 2012). "Jack Skille fra NHL til Rosenborg" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets sign Skille to two-way contract". The Sports Network. 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Islanders sign three to two-way deals". National Hockey League. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Blue Jackets claim forward Jack Skille off waivers". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 

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Preceded by
Cam Barker
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Jonathan Toews