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#3 Brett Skinner
Pos: Defense
D.O.B.: 6/28/83
From: Brandon, Man
Height: 6'1
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 3rd round 68th overall 2002 draft by Vancouver Canucks
Acquired: Signed to PTO by Grand Rapids 1/31/13
Plus: Sees ice well... Calm under pressure... Mobile skater can lead the rush and recover quickly... Great work ethic... Defensively sound... Capable powerplay quarterback...
Organizational Comments: Ken Holland - Wings General Manager
What GRC says: 2012-13: The Griffins were looking for a defenseman with the departure of Smith and Lashoff, and after auditioning a couple, were able to find Skinner toiling in the CHL. The former New York Islander came in and was a great fit from day one. He played a calm, poised game at both ends of the ice, and did a good job of getting the puck up ice. He was a regular for most of the second half and the first three rounds of the postseason until DeKeyser was activated. He ended up back in the lineup three games later when Almquist was injured.
Spring 2013: Skinner has all the tools and talent to be a top player in the AHL but has not been able to establish himself with one organization. The Wings are well known as an organization that has success with reclamation projects, this looks like it could be the next. If he can stick, he should be a top four option who can score and move the puck up ice.
Role: Two way defenseman
Projection: AHL top four


1/31/13 Signed to PTO Contract by grand Rapids (AHL)
2/7/13 Signed to Standard Player Contract by Grand Rapids (AHL)