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Monday, October 6, 2014

Hurricanes Injury Update: Jeff Skinner diagnosed with a concussion

By on 10/06/2014 07:15:00 PM

It goes from bad to worse for Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner. Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis confirmed that the winger has been diagnosed with a concussion, as reported by Terrell Williams on the team's official website.

“Jeff has been diagnosed with a concussion,” said Francis. “He will continue to be monitored by our team doctors and go through proper protocols in the coming days.”

As reported here yesterday, the injury occurred when Skinner took a hit to the head from Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The hit did not look too hard, as Skinner was turning and Niskanen was coming at him from behind.

This is the fourth concussion in the young 22-year-old's career. The only year he played in every game was in his rookie year, where he won the Calder trophy for Rookie of the Year.

Last season, Skinner played in 71 games. He scored a career-high 33 goals and added 21 assists. When healthy, he has the ability to be the team's top scorer.

The concussions are piling up for Skinner. This is a major loss for the Hurricanes, having already lost Jordan Staal as well. As for any concussion, there is no timetable for his return.

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