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The Dirty Dozen: #10

By Greg Boysen

We come to number ten on the list of my least favorite Chicago Blackhawks of all time, otherwise known as the “Dirty Dozen.”  Today we look at one of the bigger busts in recent Blackhawks history, Jack Skille.  Former general manager Dale Tallon selected Skille 7th overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft.  Tallon passed over guys like Devon Setoguchi, Mark Staal and Anze Kopitar to take Skille.

I will never figure out what Tallon saw in Skille.  He was never a major goal scorer at any level.  His career high in goals at the University of Wisconsin was 13 in 2005-06 season.  Skill did have some success while playing for the Rockford IceHogs.  He scored 20 goals in 2008-09 and followed that up with 23 goals in 2009-2010.  That small stretch of success never carried over in any way to the NHL.  Skille has been a bum and a total bust in the NHL so far.  He scored a total of 12 goals in 79 games with the Blackhawks.  He could have had at least triple that but he never could finish a play.  I can’t remember how many times I have seen Skille shoot the puck wide or directly into the pads of the goaltender.  Skille was traded to the Florida Panthers in February of 2011 and has only scored 5 goals in 59 games down in Sunrise, FL.  It is Dale Tallon’s fault on why I don’t like this hack.  There is no way he should have been selected 7th overall.  That put some major expectations on Skille that he has not even come close to living up to.  You don’t draft 4th line fowards at that spot, you take franchise type players with a top ten selection.  And if I needed any other reason to dislike Jack Skille, he’s a Packers fan too!

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