In describing Skjei’s performance against Canada yesterday, a 5-1 USA win, Chris Peters said that Skjei was quiet, but “extremely effective” in his own end and he was able to combat the Canada’s attack.
In talking about his game overall, Skjei told SNY’s Nick Licalzi that he hopes to have an impact this seaosn at Minnesota that goes beyond just defensive play, “I wanna jump up in the offense more. Last year they wanted me to be a shutdown guy but this year they may give me a little bit more freedom to jump up and make plays.”
In terms of a timetable for Skjei to turn pro, he told Licalzi that he will stay in school as long as he feels is necessary and when he feels ready he will make the jump.
Skjei told Licalzi, after Team USA beat Canada, that during his week at the camp he learned that USA Hockey wants him to be a defensive defenseman who shuts down the other team’s top line.
On his goals for this season at Minnesota, Skjei said that he wants to continues to play good defense and hopes to jump up into the play more.
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