Jack Skille’s tryout with the Canucks has proven to be a successful one as the team announced on Thursday that they have signed the right winger to a one year, one-way contract. The deal will pay him $700K.
Skille played in 74 games with Colorado last season, scoring six goals and added eight assists while averaging just 8:50 of ice time per contest. The former first round pick of the Blackhawks (7th overall) in 2005, Skille has yet to make his mark in the NHL and has bounced around in recent years, playing for three different teams since the last lockout. In his career, he has 38 goals and 37 assists in 313 games over nine NHL seasons.
The 29 year old placed in four preseason games with the Canucks, being held off the scoresheet while taking eight shots on goal and recording five penalty minutes. He played an average of 13:25 in those contests.
Skille takes a place on the roster over Emerson Etem, who was waived on Wednesday and claimed by Anaheim earlier today. He will likely battle with the likes of Brendan Gaunce and Jake Virtanen for a spot in the lineup but should start the season as their 13th/reserve forward.
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