Hunter Shinkaruk - Photo Courtesy of WHL.ca

 

Hunter Shinkaruk, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 181

Born: 1994-10-13

Hometown: Calgary, AB, Canada

Drafted: 2013 by Vancouver Canucks, 24th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2014 – In his last 20 games, Shinkaruk has four goals and three assists and is starting to carry the puck more confidently as he recovers from a major hip injury from last season. Utica is arguably the best team in the AHL, so as long as Shinkaruk stays healthy his offensive production should come around. The coming months will tell us a lot about his immediate and long-term potential. Mike Barrett


October 2014 - Shinkaruk was one of the last cuts on the Canuck's squad out of camp, which was a nice surprise for a player who skated in only 18 games of Junior hockey last season. While reports out of camp were raving about Shinkaruk's new found work ethic and beefed up body, the rigours of professional hockey are hard on any 20 year old, let alone one coming off a major hip injury. He has two assists in four games so far with an even zero rating, as Utica is the lowest scoring team in the league. Watch for Shinkaruk to get better and visibly more explosive as the season goes on and he really returns to full strength. Mike Barrett

 

September 2014 - After playing in only 18 games (16 points, 5-11) last season due to a hip injury, Shinkaruk has not only looked good, but made an impact on the score sheet as well. In the Canucks' first preseason game Shinkaruk lined-up next to fellow roster hopeful Linden Vey to combine for numerous chances. The 19-year-old winger scored a goal, had an assist and was even named the games first star. Don't be surprised if he's in the starting lineup on opening night and could potentially contribute with a solid 30 point freshman campaign. As Hunter Shinkaruk continues to impress, it has been attributed to a hard off-season of training while rehabbing from injury. It's paying dividends early, as Shinkaruk has been the Canucks best young forward notching four points in his first two games of preseason action. Mike Barrett

 

 

January 2014 - Shinkaruk has been shut down for the rest of the season with a hip surgery, tough luck for a player that missed all but five games of his age 15 season. The only minor upside is that it explains his offensive struggles on a top team, as well as his inability to make Team Canada. He will have plenty of time to recover for next season, but missing two seasons of development has to be worrying for the smallish forward that almost made the Canucks this season. Brendan Ross

 

December 2013 - Shinkaruk participated in Team Canada's final camp for the 2014 World Junior Championship but he was one of three final cuts from the squad. Bothered by shoulder and hip injuries recently, Shinkaruk wasn't able to step up and provide the offensive workload that Head Coach Brent Sutter and company were seeking in the Canucks' 2013 1st round selection. Shinkaruk remains a top prospect in the Vancouver system and should return to the WHL with something to prove. Brendan Ross

 

November 2013 - Hunter has been named to the WHL's Super Series team, which says a lot about his stature in the WHL as he has missed three games with a hip injury. It is an aggravation of an old injury, and he says he will be back for the weekend of November 9th, and feeling "really good" by the time of the Super Series. So far this season, he has 4 goals and 10 points in 7 games. Brendan Ross

 

October 2013 – The slick winger impressed tremendously on the second line with the Canucks in preseason. Lining up often with Ryan Kesler, he has shown that he can work past his size limitations and make an offensive impact at that level. He was often dangerous and scored two goals, but like most prospects, he has to work on strength and positioning. Unfortunately, despite reports of his making the team, a trade pushed him back to Medicine Hat just like Bo Horvat. Also like Horvat, he is scoring at a blistering 1.5 ppg pace, and a highlight-reel play a game. Look for the two to pair up at the WJC. With elite stickhandling and a blistering shot, he is easily the most offensively skilled forward in the Canucks’ system. Given how close he was this season, he may make the NHL as soon as next year. Austin Wallace

 

December 2012 – Hunter Shinkaruk is a small, feisty forward with an excellent passing and scoring abilities. He plays hard in all three zones and is a gifted skater. Shinkaruk was one of the most feared scorers in the WHL last year alongside Emerson Etem. He had 49 goals and 91 points last year. Even without his talented linemate , Shinkaruk has continued to score at a good pace with 44 points in 31 games this season. He was one of the last players cut by Team Canada at their World Junior camp. Shinkaruk will need to bulk up before being able to play pro. He is probably two years away from seeing action in the NHL. Zenon Herasymiuk

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

When he does make it, it will be in an offensive role, taking advantage of his high-end offensive upside.

 

 

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