I don't know how many of you out there have seen Battle of The Blades, but long story short hockey players put on figure skates and either sink or swim. They've said time and time again on the show that figure skating will really help you with your hockey skating, so don't knock the kids who figure skate.
This brings us to tonight's Man Crush of The Night. He won the 2004 bronze medal in the juvenile division at the Canadian Junior National Figure Skating Championships. That's right. Dude was boss with toe picks. He decided to drop it in favour of a stick and puck. He also happened to be a first round pick in this years' draft, and one of six 18 year olds to stick in the NHL this season.
He was having quite the season thus far, racking up 12 points in his first 14 games. Tonight he picked 2 apples off the tree, handing them to Erik Cole and Joe Corvo, and added a Geno to his collection as his team cruise to a 7-1 shellacking of the Edmonton Oilers.
Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, we raise our glasses to you.
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