Skjei's 32 points are the second-highest among NHL rookies this season. He actually sits just outside the NHL's top-30 blue-line scorers heading into action Wednesday (31st). Skjei has done most of his offensive damage at even strength, which speaks to his long-term potential. Right now, he's a solid fantasy contributor whose value is only restricted in those formats that count power-play points.
Skjei distributed a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders. The points weren't really flowing for a nearly two-month stretch there (one goal and five assists over 26 games from Nov. 20 to Jan. 17), but Skjei has woken up in a major way over the last four weeks, posting 10 points over a 12-game span. Getting more shots to the net is a big key to that endeavor; the rookie blueliner has taken 27 shots in those 12 contests, representing a far better ratio than the 56 he took in the first 44 games of the year. That said, his minutes remain too slender for Skjei to be counted on outside of very deep fantasy formats.
Skjei netted a pair of assists and four PIM in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Ducks. He's been a pretty regular scoresheet presence recently, notching seven points in his last eight contests. There isn't huge fantasy value here yet, but he's a contributor for deeper formats. Among rookie blueliners, only the Jackets' Zach Werenski has more points than Skjei's 24 (tied with Toronto's Nikita Zaitsev).
Skjei got the scoring started with his second goal of the year and added an assist as well as a plus-3 rating in Thursday's win over the Leafs. He ended up with the lowest ice time among Rangers blueliners at 15:29, as Skjei has seen highly unreliable minutes of late with the Rangers searching for the right combinations on defense. The rookie's power-play time has petered out as well -- just 21 seconds in total over the last six games -- so it's hard to count on him for major contributions in the fantasy realm. However, if you can roll with the inconsistency in deeper formats, the composite result of 19 points in 45 games with a positive rating certainly doesn't hurt.
Skjei skated alongside Ryan McDonagh on the Rangers' top blue-line pairing Wednesday, and he rewarded the move with an assist, a plus-3 rating and four hits in a win over the Flyers. With Marc Staal (upper body) absent, coach Alain Vigneault mixed things up to good effect. Skjei skated 19:44, his second-highest mark of the year, but saw no power-play time on a night when the Rangers had the man advantage for about a minute and a half in total. His assignment alongside McDonagh won't lead to him skating McDonagh-type minutes, but it's just another positive in what's been a promising rookie season for the 22-year-old.
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