The Buffalo Sabres have made improvements to the roster so far in the 2018 offseason. They made another one by acquiring forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes for prospect Cliff Pu, a 2019 second-round pick, and a 2020 third-and-sixth round picks.
Skinner has been rumored to be traded ever since the beginning of the offseason. He is a very good skater and a very good goal scorer. Jeff Skinner is 26 years old and he only has one more year left on his contract. Skinner is owed $6 million in 2018-2019.
Buffalo gave up a lot of draft picks for a rental. The Sabres must be sold on keeping him long term. Jeff Skinner scored 24 goals and recorded 25 assists, in 82 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. His plus/minus was -27.
Carolina received a very good prospect in Cliff Pu. He is a forward and is only 20 years old. Pu was a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is no longer eligible to play in juniors.
Cliff Pu started the 2017-2018 season with the London Knights (OHL). In 36 games, he scored 16 goals and recorded 29 assists. His plus/minus was four.
Pu was then traded to the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). In 29 games, he scored 13 goals and recorded 26 assists. His plus/minus was 15. In 15-playoff games, Cliff Pu scored four goals and recorded 13 assists. His plus/minus was 5.
Pu is a very good two-way player and he has potential to be a second liner or bring depth scoring. Cliff Pu also brings grit to his game and he will most likely start the 2018-2019 season with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL. The Carolina Hurricanes will keep a close eye on him in training camp.