It was only a matter of time. Jack Skille just wasn't working out. It could have been a lack of a real chance, he could just be a bust. Either way, he's the Florida Panther's enigma now.
Right before Wednesday's puck drop in Edmonton, the Blackhawks traded Skille, along with Rockford wingers Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan, to Dale Tallon's Florida Panthers. In return the Blackhawks receive versatile winger Michael Frolik and goaltending prospect Alex Salak.
Frolik has 29 points in 52 games for the Panthers this season, but only
had 3 assists in his last 12 games. He will likely center the 2nd line
for the Hawks.
Salak leads the Swedish Elite League with a .925 save percentage and 6
shutouts. His 2.04 goals against average is 6th in the league. Don't
rule him out of the goalie competition for next season.
Skille will get a chance to prove to Dale Tallon he didn't make a mistake in drafting him 7th overall in 2005.
It's hard to not like this trade. The Hawks get better, younger and
deeper with Frolik while strengthening their organizational goaltending
depth with a real goalie prospect.
Don't expect this to be Stan Bowman's last move of the season. The
Hawks would still like to add a defenseman, but don't expect anyone from
the core to go. Any future move would likely be a depth, middle of the
road move, just like tonight's.