Brady Skjei was a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Friday against Minnesota and Alain Vigneault said ater the game that he felt Skjei had been struggling lately. (MSG)
He said that it was time to take Skjei out of the lineup and that the decision was also partly to get Adam Clendening into the lineup as well as to send a message. (MSG)
Larry Brooks writes that it's believed that Vigneault was "alarmed" by Skjei's "lackadaisical play behind the net" on Tuesday that led to Nick Bonino's goal with 11 seconds left. (NY Post)
In the first 20 games of the season, Skjei had 11 assists, a plus 4 rating, 8 PIM, 21 shots on goal and an average of 16:49.
In the last 15 games of the season, Skjei has 1 goal, 3 assists, a minus two rating, 8 PIM, 23 shots on goal and an average of 16:42.
Adam Rotter: It's not the worst thing in the world to sit a young player for a game. Skjei's game had dipped a little bit but he is far from the only Ranger who has seen that happen. While Alain Vigneault did sit Kevin Klein a few weeks ago, it's also much easier to sit a young player than it is to sit a veteran like Klein or Dan Girardi. Skjei needs to play when the Rangers return, not just for his continued development but because overall he has had a good season and has certainly been more consistent and better than Klein.