Maine Hockey Journal

Skinner Loaned To Omaha

Portland, ME – The Portland Pirates will have one less healthy scratch to worry about as the Anaheim Ducks have loaned defensemen Brett Skinner to the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.

For the past few weeks the Pirates have carried eight defensemen. In which during that span they have rotated several players in and out of the line up. Clay Wilson and Greg Amadio have each played a few games at forward and defense, leaving Skinner as the odd man out.

Skinner had a chance to crack into the Pirates line up as Joe Rullier was injured during the pre-game warm up in Wilkes-Barre with a lower body injury. This gave Skinner an opportunity to play more frequently, but with Rullier rumored to be ready to return there would again be less room for Skinner.

This could be a very beneficial move for both the Ducks organization and Skinner as Portland will no longer have an extra body to scratch every night, something Pirates’ Head Coach Kevin Dineen has made clear he does not like to do. Skinner will be able to continue to play at the AHL level while the Anaheim Ducks will still own his NHL rights.

Skinner, 23, has played 41 games with the Pirates this season, scoring 6 goals, 12 assists for 18 points and 24 penalty minutes. Skinner will join the Knights for their four game road trip beginning on Wednesday in Peoria.

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