— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 29, 2021
Skinner, who would have been in the OHL this season, has been in the ECHL getting ice time on a loan. Now he will join the Hartford Wolf Pack for the remainder of the season.
Skinner was a class above the rest in the ECHL, which is obviously a good thing, but not necessarily something to judge him by. It looks like the OHL season isn’t going anywhere, so Skinner will get that next level of play with the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Initially an afterthought in the very strong 2019 Rangers draft, Skinner has shot up the prospect charts with solid play. The 6’2, 190 lb defenseman, was also selected to the 2021 World Juniors with Team USA. He only got in one game, but making the team is an indication of his development thus far.
The Hunter Skinner entry level contract is the next step in helping build solid AHL depth, as it has become clear the Rangers need some help there. The Pack need help on the blue line. Only Tarmo Reunanen is a viable prospect at the moment. Skinner is someone to keep an eye on.