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:

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.

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.

 

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. 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: A

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

 

 

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