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Eye on the Hawks Video: Jack Skille

Friday, 07.07.2006 / 5:00 PM / News
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Eye on the Hawks Video: Jack Skille

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When the Blackhawks selected Jack Skille with the 7th overall pick in 2005, GM Dale Tallon described him as a player with "explosiveness off the wing" who can really skate.

Just two days into this year's Prospects Camp, Blackhawks skating instructor Dan Jansen has become a believer.

Jansen: "He's a great skater. He's got good high-end speed and he gets it going early too. But the best thing is that he really understands keeping the pressure to the ice. He doesn't waste a lot of that. He's got some wasted upper body motion, which we can work on. If we get that going, he is going to be unstoppable."

Skille: "It's fun. It's really cool having an Olympic gold medalist out there coaching you. He knows what he's doing and he complimented me, told me what I need to work on, and I'm glad to get that feedback."

As a freshman last season at the University of Wisconsin, Skille helped the Badgers win their sixth national title. The Madison, Wisconsin native tallied 13 goals in 41 games, including a dramatic triple overtime goal against Cornell to send the Badgers to their first Frozen Four since 1992.

Skille: "I hope next season I'll provide more. But at the same time, 13 goals wasn't that bad. I scored a big goal up in Green Bay and having that as my last goal of the season, that's pretty sweet. I'm not looking for points. I'm just looking for wins with the team."

Along with Jansen, Skille quickly impressed Norfolk head coach Mike Haviland. And what first caught Haviland's eye?

Haviland: "Well, I think his speed. Obviously he's gotten a little bigger from last year to this year. His speed and the way he gets his shot off ... I think he's going to surprise some people wide. And he's got a good shot and a good release, so I think he could be a good goal scorer."

With this Eye on the Hawks report, I'm Adam Kempenaar, chicagoblackhawks.com.