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Hunter Shinkaruk | Winger

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (19) / 10/13/1994
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 181

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Hunter Shinkaruk looked great in the Vancouver-Edmonton rookies game on Friday.
Shinkaruk missed most of last season after undergoing major hip surgery in late December. He was originally injured in October but tried to play through it before deciding surgery was the best plan. Shinkaruk has put on 15 pounds of muscle but he has not lost a step as the speedy winger shone on Friday. He assisted on one goal and is looking like he has a chance to crack the Canucks lineup once the regular season begins. He has great puck skills and is worth selecting in deep dynasty pools. Sep 13 - 10:10 AM

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Rookie Hunter Shinkaruk is showing a lot of quickness in informal workouts thus far.

This is great news for the Canucks as Shinkaruk missed most of last season with hip issues and subsequent major surgery. GM Jim Benning says that everyone must earn their spot on the roster so the thinking was that Shinkaruk would start the season in the AHL but if he continues to impress into training camp, then he has a reasonable chance of breaking with the team. Shinkaruk was drafted in the first round, 24th overall in 2013. He has great puck skills but could use some time in the minors, especially after missing most of last season.
Sep 7 - 8:45 AM

Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning denied the recent reports that he's interested in trading prospect Hunter Shinkaruk.

"I don't know where that came from. We were never actively looking to trade Hunter Shinkaruk. This stuff gets started out there," said Benning. "That's not true." Shinkaruk previously stated that he liked the media side of hockey and said he still enjoys it despite the recent trade speculation. He added that he's fully recovered from the hip surgery he underwent in January.
Source: Metro News
Jul 8 - 10:54 PM

Hunter Shinkaruk will miss the rest of the WHL season because he requires major hip surgery.

He originally suffered the injury in a WHL game in late October, but tried to play through it in an attempt to make Canada's World Junior squad. Shinkaruk didn't make the cut, though. He will undergo the procedure in about 10 days to repair a tear in the labrum.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Hunter Shinkaruk was cut from the Canadian Junior team on Friday.

Shinkaruk was a bit of a long shot to make the team as he spent three weeks on the sidelines with a hip injury earlier in the season and was behind the eight ball from that point on. "First of all, I think every kid playing hockey in Canada wants to play for Team Canada at their level," assistant GM Laurence Gilman said. "I'm sure it is extremely disappointing for Hunter. Unfortunately for him, he has had a tough year. He sustained two different injuries that have clearly impacted his performance. It is a testament to him and his skill set, and what Hockey Canada thinks about him, that they brought him to Copenhagen for their pre-tournament." He will return to Medicine Hat to continue his WHL season.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:35:00 AM

Hunter Shinkaruk is back in the Medicine Hat lineup after missing three weeks with a hip injury.

The final cut of the Vancouver Canucks needed some time after being sent back to junior hockey at the end of September to clear his head mentally as he was hoping to crack the Vancouver lineup after being drafted 24th overall in the 2013 Draft. But it was not to be and he had a tough time upon his return to the WHL. He has five goals and 13 points in 12 games after 91 and 86 points respectively in his last two seasons in Medicine Hat. Keep an eye on him as a future pick as Shinkaruk is a talented offensive player and tremendous skater.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Hunter Shinkaruk has been sent to WHL Medicine Hat.

Shinkaruk was taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He's got plenty of upside, but it's not surprising that Vancouver wants him to get some more seasoning in the WHL.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 04:27:00 PM

Expect to see Hunter Shinkaruk returned to Medicine Hat today.

It's cutdown day in the NHL and with Vancouver acquiring Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh from Carolina, it seems like Shinkaruk will be the odd man out. Shinkaruk didn't wow people at training camp and will be far better off playing a full season with lots of ice time in the WHL. Keep your eye on him for the future as the Canucks like his offensive weapons.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Hunter Shinkaruk has a shot at cracking Vancouver's roster out of training camp.

With Zack Kassian suspended and Jordan Schroeder slated to miss three weeks, Shinkaruk could step into the lineup on opening night. He has played well during the preseason and was drafted 24th overall in 2013.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Hunter Shinkaruk had a goal and an assist in a rookie game on Monday.

Shinkaruk will now participate in the Canucks' main camp. He's not likely to immediately make the team after being selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but he's hoping to have a strong showing. "Personally, I feel like I have had a good summer and definitely have an opportunity to try and make that team," he said. "Obviously it's pretty tough for an 18-year-old to make an NHL team but I have a lot of confidence in my game and I feel like if I just keep working hard I definitely have a chance."
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 11:00:00 AM

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

Vancouver has signed prospect Hunter Shinkaruk to an entry-level contract.

He was chosen with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Shinkaruk is currently skating at Team Canada's world junior hockey summer camp. He probably won't be playing in the NHL next season, but the Canucks will likely give him a look at training camp.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 02:57:00 PM

The Canucks selected Hunter Shinkaruk with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Despite his small stature, Shinkaruk is one of the most aggressive forecheckers in the draft. He is an exceptional skater and keeps defensemen off-balance on his offensive rushes. He’s not overly physical, but he’s willing to take a hit to advance the puck. When he has the disc, Shinkaruk is dangerous and can score by crashing the net or utilizing his plus shot. He was captain of this year’s Medicine Hat squad, and produced excellent results in back-to-back seasons, scoring 49 goals last year and registering 86 points in 64 games this season. Defensively, Shinkaruk will need to add some bulk if he’s to make a difference in his own end, but his persistence and puck skills will help him get out of trouble in the meantime. Shinkaruk may think he can contribute in the NHL right away, but it is likely he will need at least a year of seasoning before he makes the jump.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Hunter Shinkaruk scored the only goal of the game for Team White in a 3-1 loss to Team Red at Canada's selection camp scrimmage on Tuesday.

The 2013 NHL draft eligible prospect also hit two posts in the contest. "Coming into this camp, I wanted to prove I could put up numbers and be an offensive guy even at a young age," he said. Shinkaruk will probably face an uphill battle to make Canada's final roster though with so much veteran talent attending camp. Chicago prospect Phillip Danault, Vancouver draft pick Frank Corrado and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Team Red.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:50:00 AM

2013 NHL Entry Draft eligible prospect Hunter Shinkaruk has sat out Medicine Hat's past four games with a lower-body injury, but he hopes to return to the fold this weekend.

He resumed workouts on Monday after he was cut by skate on Nov. 17 in game against the Portland Winterhawks. "My goal is to be ready for Friday [at Red Deer]," he said. "If not Friday, then sometime this weekend but we'll see." Shinkaruk is currently ninth in the WHL with 35 points in 24 games this season. He owned the seventh overall spot on International Scouting Services' November rankings.
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 01:09:00 PM

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