|Assets:||Is an excellent offensive talent with great scoring instincts and hockey sense. An excellent playmaker, he can play both wing and center. Is also an accomplished goal-scorer.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have ideal National Hockey League size, so he must continue to bulk up and get physically stronger for the highest level. Also lacks a physical element to his game.|
|Career Potential:||Talented, versatile scoring forward with good upside.|
|WHL||East Second All-Star Team||2012-13|
|9/30/2013||Returned to his junior team (Medicine Hat-WHL).|
|8/06/2013||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/30/2013||Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2013.|
Canucks deny Hunter Shinkaruk trade rumors | 07/08/2014 10:54 PM
NewsVancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning denied the recent reports that he's interested in trading prospect Hunter Shinkaruk.
Impact"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.
Hunter Shinkaruk (hip) is done for the season | 12/27/2013 5:13 PM
NewsHunter Shinkaruk will miss the rest of the WHL season because he requires major hip surgery.
ImpactHe 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.
Hunter Shinkaruk cut from Team Canada | 12/22/2013 8:35 AM
NewsHunter Shinkaruk was cut from the Canadian Junior team on Friday.
ImpactShinkaruk 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.
Hunter Shinkaruk back in Medicine Hat lineup | 11/16/2013 11:41 AM
NewsHunter Shinkaruk is back in the Medicine Hat lineup after missing three weeks with a hip injury.
ImpactThe 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.
Vancouver returns Hunter Shinkaruk to WHL | 09/30/2013 4:27 PM
NewsHunter Shinkaruk has been sent to WHL Medicine Hat.
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ImpactShinkaruk 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.
Hunter Shinkaruk likely to be sent back | 09/30/2013 10:26 AM
NewsExpect to see Hunter Shinkaruk returned to Medicine Hat today.
ImpactIt'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.
Hunter Shinkaruk may crack Vancouver's roster | 09/26/2013 5:05 PM
NewsHunter Shinkaruk has a shot at cracking Vancouver's roster out of training camp.
ImpactWith 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.
H. Shinkaruk gets two points in rookie game | 09/11/2013 11:00 AM
NewsHunter Shinkaruk had a goal and an assist in a rookie game on Monday.
ImpactShinkaruk 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."
Hunter Shinkaruk irked at Flames for snubbing | 09/07/2013 11:36 AM
NewsVancouver 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.
ImpactThe 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.
Canucks sign prospect Hunter Shinkaruk | 08/06/2013 2:57 PM
NewsVancouver has signed prospect Hunter Shinkaruk to an entry-level contract.
ImpactHe 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.
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