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Michael Russo tweets that Brady Skjei will be one of the Minnesota lineup for this weekends games. It is only believed to be a minor injury.

Robb from Clutter Puck sent this review of Skjei through the first four games of the season.

I will tell you through 4 regular season games, Brady Skjei has yet to fall into regular rotation on the defense even though he's played in every game so far this season. Through the 4 regular season games I've watched, Brady has been either in the bottom pairing of defensemen (3 games) or listed as the extra man (1 game) for forward rotation on the 4th line (this was the most recent game on Saturday night) so it's been kind of hard to tell how he's doing so far.

The Minnesota Gophers are pretty deep on defense with a steady top 4 full of experience so it's going to take an injury or Brady playing great in practice for him to show up right away. He's gotten some power play time and scored a power play goal but that was in a rout of Michigan State so it could be the coach just giving some other players a chance with a good lead.
In the games this last weekend on the road against a competitive Michigan Tech team, Brady didn't get a lot of ice time. I don't think he played in the 3rd period of Saturday night's game. He's just going to have to gain the trust of his coaches to get some minutes during crunch time in his freshman season.
All of that being said, it is just 4 games so far (not counting the 1 exhibition game that wasn't on TV) so there's plenty of time to see progress this season. He has the size, skating ability, the shot and hockey sense to make an impact this season or he wouldn't have been a first round draft pick.
Tags: Brady Skjei , Adam Rotter
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