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Rangers Draft D Hunter Skinner in 4th Rd. (112th) Pick


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Name: Hunter Skinner

Position: D

Shoots: R

Current Team: Lincoln Stars / USHL



Elite Prospects Profile: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/359531/hunter-skinner



Current Statistics

HockeyDB.com Page:http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=209449

Team Player Page:https://www.ushl.com/news_article/show/1028904

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The Rangers used a fourth-round pick (112th overall) to select defenseman Hunter Skinner. Skinner, 18, split this past season between the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He skated in 52 USHL games during the 2018-19 season, registering five goals and 19 assists for 24 points, along with 81 penalty minutes. Skinner established USHL career-highs in several categories this past season, including games played, goals, assists, and points.


The 6-2, 176-pounder has skated in 83 career USHL games over parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) with Muskegon and Lincoln, registering five goals and 19 assists for 24 points, along with 85 penalty minutes. Prior to beginning his USHL career, Skinner played with Honeybaked U16 in the High Performance Hockey League (HPHL).


The Wyndotte, Michigan native has committed to play collegiate hockey at Western Michigan University beginning with the 2020-21 season.



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Excerpt from the 2019 Black Book


Hunter Skinner is a rangy, smooth skating defenseman who was traded from one of the top teams in the USHL (Muskegon) to the bottom team in the league in Lincoln and still managed to put up similar numbers, despite having much less talent around him with the Stars. Hunter put up 3 goals and 8 assists in 24 games with Muskegon and 2 goals and 9 assists with the Lincoln Stars. Skinner has some developing to go in regard to his straight-line skating and explosiveness, but he has excellent four-way mobility for a kid his size and as he adds on strength to his lanky frame, his skating should add some pop with the right instruction. Hunter makes up for his lack of footspeed with a high-end hockey sense. He makes quick decisions and moves the puck out of his own zone well. He identifies pressure well and uses his defensive partner and the boards well to escape the forecheck. Hunter is an accurate passer and hits his outlets on the tape and in stride consistently in our viewings. He protects the puck well with his body to fend off fore-checkers and is strong on his skates. Skinner has showcased a heavy shot from the point, he uses his lanky frame to generate leverage and power on his wrist shot. Hunter needs to commit to his shots quicker and develop a bit of a quicker release, as he can give defenses and goaltenders too much time to adjust, especially when on the Power Play. Defensively, Skinner excels in one on one situations, he has an active stick and uses his reach and size to his advantage when defending in open space. Skinner possesses a lot of intriguing tools; his pro ceiling will likely depend on how his skating smoothens out going forward. While his offensive skills are not eye popping at this stage, he is efficient and reliable with the puck at both ends of the ice. Skinner will likely spend one more season in the USHL before heading to Western Michigan in 2020.
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