Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk is upset that the Calgary Flames, his hometown team, passed on taking him with one of their two first picks (No. 6 and No. 22) in the last NHL draft -- and he's out for revenge.
The Shinkaruk family were Flames season-ticket holders — "ever since I can remember" — and Hunter was playing junior down the highway in Medicine Hat. He was hardly hidden from the team’s view. But the Flames passed on Shinkaruk with both their picks, opting instead for forwards Sean Monahan and Emile Poirier. "For sure, it was tough," said Shinkaruk, who eventually went 24th overall to Vancouver. "They had two chances to take me and, after they didn’t take me with that second pick, I kind of sat back in my seat. That’s not to say that the player they took is not a great player. Obviously they just had a different look at who they needed." It still seemed to be eating up Shinkaruk this week, prior to the Canucks’ first outing at the Young Stars rookie tournament in Penticton. "Being a competitive kid, I want to make sure the Flames wished they had taken me with that pick," he said. "It’s definitely going to be something that will drive me.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 11:36:00 AM