The Oilers assigned Skinner to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Skinner was brought up on emergency conditions while Mike Smith was dealing with a leg injury, but Smith will be ready for Wednesday's matchup against the Senators. The 21-year-old will continue to fine-tune his game and improve on his current .890 save percentage in the minors.
The Oilers recalled Skinner from AHL Bakersfield on Sunday.
Mike Smith suffered a leg injury during Saturday's matchup against the Canucks, so Skinner is being taken brought up to serve as Mikko Koskinen's backup for Sunday's rematch. Even if Smith's injury keeps him out for a few more games, Skinner isn't expected to see NHL action with no back-to-backs coming up. Skinner has an .890 save percentage and 3.23 GAA over 15 AHL games this year.
Skinner will start Monday's preseason opener versus the Jets.
The Edmonton native Skinner draws the start and is expected to split the minutes with Dylan Wells in the contest. Skinner is likely to play the 2019-20 season with AHL Bakersfield after appearing in 10 games between the regular season and playoffs in the bus league to end the last campaign.
Skinner secured a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton on Monday.
Skinner led the Swift Current Broncos to the WHL Championship, as he posted a 16-8 record along with a .932 save percentage in the playoffs. During the regular season, the netminder went 30-21-1 split between Swift Current and Lethbridge. Whether the 19-year-old spends another season in juniors will likely depend on whether Laurent Brossoit re-signs with the team in the offseason.
Skinner stopped 36 of 39 shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime victory over WHL Lethbridge.
Skinner and the Broncos went up 2-0 in the WHL Eastern Conference Championship over the Lethbridge Hurricanes -- a team Skinner was ironically traded from prior to the Jan. 10 trade deadline. The Oilers' third-round draft pick (2017) is now 10-4-2 with a 2.10 GAA and a .935 save percentage in 16 games during the 2018 WHL playoffs. Despite the clutch performances, the hometown backstop will still need more seasoning at the lower level before getting a sniff of the big club.
Skinner stopped all 34 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Regina Pats in Game 1 of the WHL playoff series.
Skinner and the Swift Current Broncos renewed their rivalry with a big victory over the Regina Pats -- his first career WHL postseason shutout. The Oilers' third-round pick in 2017 (#78 overall) went 16-6-1 with a 2.68 GAA and .914 save percentage for the Broncos during the regular season. Edmonton is content with Cam Talbot and Al Montoya at the big level in 2017-18 -- Laurent Brossoit is also waiting for his chance down in the minors. The hometown backstop deserves to be monitored in dynasty leagues for now.
Skinner was named both the WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Jan. 14, the Edmonton Sun reports.
Skinner was traded from WHL Lethbridge to WHL Swift Current prior to the Jan. 10 trade deadline. The Oilers' third-round draft pick went 2-0-0 with his new team last week, putting up a 0.50 GAA and .980 save percentage. Skinner struggled in Lethbridge to the tune of a terrible 3.38 GAA and .897 save percentage, so it looks like the move east is working for him so far.
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