We hardly knew ye. But we knew enough. (Photo: Cheryl Adams/flickr)
I come to bury Jack Skille, not to praise him. And, unlike Marc Antony, I mostly plan to stick to that line.
Jack Skille was drafted seventh (yes, seventh) in the 2005 NHL Draft. The fact that he was drafted so high seemed strange then (he was nowhere in the top ten central scouting ratings), and looks completely ridiculous now (especially considering the fact that Anze Kopitar would be drafted 11th in the same year) — but the Blackhawks’ management at the time thought that he would eventually come into his own as a player.
And so, they waited. And waited. And waited.
Now, it’s not completely his fault that he had to wait so long to make the big club. Â When he left the University of Wisconsin, the team was right in the middle of their rebuilding and starting to add depth, and he just wasn’t quite there yet. So he toiled in Rockford for a few years. Finally, this year, he made it! He’s a Chicago Blackhawk! Now it’s time to see what he can do when he’s playing regularly!
What he was able to do: 7 goals, 10 assists. He was a plus-3 for the year.
Now, for a fourth-liner, that’s great! But for the guy who was drafted seventh overall in 2005? Not so good.
It’s not like he didn’t try. Oh, how he tried! He had 121 shots on goal. That’s an utterly ridiculous number of shots. But, as he became infamous for, he could not get a good majority of those shots into the back of the net. Seven goals. 121 shots. That’s almost 6% of his shots converting into goals. Not a good percentage, there. In comparison, his fourth-line teammate, Jake Dowell, has five goals in 56 shots.
But the major difference between Jack and Jake? Jake was drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NHL Draft. The expectations were lower — and continue to be lower — for Jake. Jack, however, is now seen as another Blackhawks first-round bust, joining Mark Bell, Mikhail Yakubov, and, most recently, Cam Barker in the slush pile.
Jack, you’re a good guy. You always made time for your fans, and it was obvious that your teammates loved having you around. I wish you nothing but the best in Florida.
(As for Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan? Um. Bye?)
But wait — where’s the “elated” part of this post? Well, it’s because of what we got in return — Michael Frolik and (especially) Alexander Salak. After the jump, learn about the newest additions to the Blackhawks.
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