Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres veteran forward.
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Buffalo Sabres' Jeff Skinner now holds unfortunate NHL record

Published April 2, 2024 at 8:43 PM
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Jeff Skinner has been a consistent force for the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes over his career, but unfortunately, the lack of playoff experience now has him in the record books.

This week, Jeff Skinner of the Buffalo Sabres becomes the 396th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 games, but unfortunately, it's not all good news for the record-setting Skinner. Drafted all the way back in the 2010 NHL Draft, Skinner has been a constant force for the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes, but now, holds the distinction of being the first player in NHL history to achieve this unfortunate feat.

Tonight, Sabres forward Jeff Skinner will reach 1,000 career NHL games. The first player to play 1,000 games, without playing in the playoffs.
It's an unfortunate historical stat but 1,000 games is 1,000 games and should be celebrated.
Congratulations Jeff Skinner! #LetsGoBuffalo




Unfortunately for Skinner, his first eight seasons came during the Carolina Hurricanes lengthy playoff drought, and after joining what he thought was a promising rebuild in Buffalo, he's not made the playoffs for them either. With such a talented young group, there's a chance that this team can do some damage in 2024-25, but with another poor year from the team, he's yet to experience the big stage.

In those 999 games that he's played, Skinner has tallied a solid 357 goals and 669 points, so while he won't go down as an all-time great, he's been a respectable player in the NHL for a long time, and we hope that one day he can experience the thrill of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Source: Blade of Steel

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