The Hurricanes acquired Skjei from the Rangers for a 2020 first-round pick Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The Hurricanes needed reinforcements on the blue line due to Dougie Hamilton (leg) and Brett Pesce (shoulder) both missing significant time, and Skjei can eat up top-four minutes. They also acquired Sami Vatanen (leg) from the Devils. The 25-year-old Skjei has averaged 20:41 per game this season, and he's accrued 23 points, 124 shots, 99 hits and 91 blocked shots over 60 contests. Skjei isn't a rental, either, as he's signed through the 2023-24 season at $5.25 million annually.
Skjei had four shots and four hits but a minus-2 rating in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins. Skjei showed off his well-rounded game, logging 1:18 on the power play and 1:24 on the penalty kill over 21:30 of ice time. He's still lacking in the most important categories, however, with just one assist over his last 11 games and 22 points in 57 games overall.
Skjei tallied a goal on five shots, dished four hits and added two PIM in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. Skjei was the most effective Ranger from a fantasy perspective, contributing in multiple categories. The 25-year-old has picked up two goals and three helpers in his last nine outings. He's up to 21 points, 97 shots on goal, 74 hits and 66 blocked shots in 46 games.
Skjei picked up two assists in Monday's 6-2 win over the Islanders. He notched a helper on the Rangers' first two goals of the night. Skjei hadn't had a multi-point performance since Dec. 12, and on the year the 25-year-old has six goals and 20 points through 44 games.
Skjei posted an assist in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Oilers. The defenseman had an all-around solid performance with three shots on goal, three blocked shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating in the chaotic game. Skjei is up to 17 points, 83 shots and 57 hits through 38 games this season. The one knock on his game for fantasy owners is a lack of power-play time.
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