Skille was a 1st round draft pick for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005 and he wound up playing four seasons with the ‘Hawks. Since then, he spent time with the Florida Panthers before heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he played 45 games last season, scoring six goals and two assists.
The 28-year-old forward has played a total of 239 NHL games over which he scored 30 goals and 31 assists.
Meszaros was heavily rumored to be on the trading block last season, but he was never moved, spending the entire season with the Buffalo Sabres, posting seven goals and seven assists through 70 games.
Meszaros finished the season with a score-adjusted CF%Rel of 0.6% on the worst possession team
in the league we’ve seen in years, maybe ever. He did that with good relative zone starts at 8.5% ZSO%Rel.
Nonetheless, Colorado’s defense has holes, particularly in the third pairing (and at 1D). Meszaros could help them shore up some of their depth issues if he makes the roster, with some off-season signings like Francois Beauchemin changing the look and needs of the blue line. There are also some interesting prospects, like the recently acquired Brandon Gormley, looking to make an impression and stick at camp.
Lots of familiar names are taking PTOs this season. Keep up with all the tryout contracts with The Hockey Writers’ 2015 PTO Tracker.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.