Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Jack Skille And Frederic St. Denis

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The Columbus Blue Jackets made two small, but possibly important moves on Sunday. These small maneuvers consisted of two one year, two-way contracts being signed by players with some NHL experience, and still relatively young. These players will hopefully be able to fill in when needed and create depth to the newly formed roster. Might also help keep some players on their toes so they work hard not to lose their ice time.

Jan 21, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Florida Panther right wing Jack Skille (12) reacts during warm ups prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The first signing is 26 year old Jack Skille, a right winger. You may remember Skille from the Blackhawks, where he made his jump into the NHL. Skille split time between the Hawks and their AHL affiliate (Rockford IceHogs, at the time), he showed great upside in the AHL, but never found his way in the NHL. He was then traded to Florida, where he has spent the last three seasons.

Stats:

2011-12: 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points in 46 games played

2012-13: 3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points in 40 games played

CBJ Today has this quote from Jarmo Kekalainen;

GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said that players will decide their own fate with the Blue Jackets, and Skille will be no different when training camp begins in September. He’ll be given a chance to gain a spot in Columbus, and if that doesn’t work out, he will be a go-to guy for Brad Larsen in Springfield and be a top call-up option for the Blue Jackets.

[BlueJackets.NHL.com]

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