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Oilers officially acquire the most underrated goal scorer of the past decade


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Graham Montgomery
July 2, 2024  (4:57 PM)
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Former Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner speaking with the media
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The Edmonton Oilers signed former Sabres forward Jeff Skinner to a one-year deal yesterday, securing one of the league's top goal scorers.

The team announced that they had signed Skinner to a one-year, 3 million dollar contract yesterday during the madness that was the first day of free agency. It is a good value deal for the Oilers as Skinner put up 24 goals last season.
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In fact, Skinner has been among the top goal scorers at 5 on 5 for the last decade plus. Since 2010, the only player with more 5 on 5 goals is Alex Ovechkin.
Most 5v5 goals since 2010

1) Alex Ovechkin: 284
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3) Patrick Kane - 251
4) John Tavares - 246
5) Steven Stamkos - 246

We got ourselves a sniper

After signing the deal, Skinner revealed why he chose to sign with the Oilers after being bought out by the Sabres. Apparently he was flattered by the team's 'consistent interest' in him, but he was also drawn to the possibility of playing in the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Jeff Skinner says the "consistent interest" from the Oilers on Monday won him over. Naturally, an excellent chance to play on a team bound for the playoffs appealed to him, too.

Oddly enough though, Skinner joins a growing list of Oilers players sharing names. Of course, the team's starting goaltender heading into next season is expected to be Stuart Skinner. The two players are not related though.
The Oilers now employ two Skinners, two Browns, two Connors (plus more in the organization), and so many Ryans.

They are a nightmare for writers and copy editors!

The Oilers should have a lethal offense once again next season. If Jeff Skinner can have a bounce back season, who knows how many goals he can score playing with the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl?
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