The Hurricanes forward won the Calder Trophy on Wednesday, beating out San Jose's Logan Couture and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders at the league's award ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort.
Skinner, an NHL All-Star in his first season, finished first in Calder voting by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He led rookies with 63 points.
Grabner scored 34 goals to top his team and fellow rookies. Couture had eight game-winning goals — including seven on the road.