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Carolina's Jeff Skinner activated after missing 16 games with concussion

Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Dec.3, 2011 Skinner has returned to practice with the Carolina Hurricanes in the latest step in his recovery from a concussion. Last year's NHL rookie of the year skated Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, with the Hurricanes for the first time since the injury. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Gerry Broome

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Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Dec.3, 2011 Skinner has returned to practice with the Carolina Hurricanes in the latest step in his recovery from a concussion. Last year's NHL rookie of the year skated Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, with the Hurricanes for the first time since the injury. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Gerry Broome

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forward Jeff Skinner after he missed 16 games with a concussion.

The NHL's top rookie last season was eligible to play in Sunday night's game at Washington.

The 19-year-old Skinner was hurt Dec. 7 at Edmonton.

At the time of the injury, he led the team with 12 goals and 24 points.

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