Skjei's point drought reached eight games in Saturday's 2-1 shootout win over the Coyotes. Skjei failed to capitalize on this favorable matchup, though he did contribute a plus-1 rating and two PIM. The smooth-skating defenseman isn't being asked to contribute much offensively, and he has just 13 points at the season's halfway mark after posting 39 in 80 games last year.
Skjei delivered two assists, including one on the power play, in the Rangers' 3-2 overtime win over the Bruins on Saturday. Skjei has been mired in a sophomore slump, but has recently started to shake off the rust. In fact, he has eight assists in his last 12 games, but that's buried under his 13 points in 33 games. Skjei might be a worthy trade target before his owner realizes his game is improving.
Skjei picked up an assist, two shots and three blocks over 18:11 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-3 win at Pittsburgh. Skjei took advantage of Evgeni Malkin's lack of hustle back by taking the puck hard to the net to set up an easy rebound goal for Jesper Fast in the second period. Ryan McDonagh lite has seen his role scaled back a bit since the captain returned from an abdominal strain Dec. 1, but Skjei's still showing the same offensive touch that netted him four points in four games while McDonagh was out.
Skjei contributed a pair of helpers in Friday's overtime win over the Red Wings. Skjei made a fantastic play in overtime to set up Mats Zuccarello, completing his first multi-point effort of the season. The 23-year-old is very valuable to the Rangers, but his eight points through 23 contests aren't great from a fantasy perspective. There's no denying his fantasy potential, however, as Skjei does see power-play time and now has points in back-to-back contests. It looks like the slow start may be behind him, so he may be worth looking at if he's available.
Skjei opened the scoring in a shutout win over the Canadiens on Sunday. It was quite the fluky play that led to the puck getting behind Carey Price, but Skjei certainly won't object to having a game-winning goal credited to his name. After breaking out for 39 points in 2016-17, Skjei is certainly one to keep an eye on this season. The 23-year-old doesn't see much power-play time, but he's logging steady minutes on the second defensive pairing and possesses strong offensive instincts. The two-way rearguard is worth owning in most fantasy formats and definitely one to monitor this season.
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