2008-09: In his OHL rookie season, Skinner played in 63 games for the Kitchener Rangers. He scored 27 goals with 24 assists and was -5 with 34 penalty minutes. Kitchner failed to make the playoffs, finishing ninth in the Western Conference.
2009-10: Skinner had a breakout season as Kitchener was one of the most improved teams in the OHL. Skinner scored 50 goals with 40 assists and was +7 with 72 PIM in 64 games as the Rangers finished third in the Western Conference. Skinner was second to Barrie's Bryan Cameron (53) in goals and his 90 points were seventh-best in the OHL. Skinner also registered 72 penalty minutes. He was particularly effective on the power play, scoring 21 times. Skinner was at his best in the playoffs, where the Rangers rolled through the first two rounds and took eventual Memorial Cup champion Windsor to seven games in the Western Conference finals. Skinner scored 20 goals with 13 assists and was +3 in 20 playoff games. Skinner played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game, picking up a goal and an assist in that contest. He was named Team Orr's Player of the Game in that contest.
Skinner is a slightly above average skater, but the main strengths of his game are his goal-scoring ability and his intelligence both with the puck and away from it. He isn't the tallest player, but his a solid base and impressive leg strength that makes him hard to knock off the puck. He does not back down from physical play and relishes competing in small areas.
Skinner was the 2011 NHL Rookie of the Year, and has graduated from the prospect ranks.