Canucks End Hunter Shinkaruk's Slide with the 24th Overall Pick

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 03:36PM


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The Canucks, having already picked Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft, selected Medicine Hat Tigers winger Hunter Shinkaruk with their original late first round pick.

Shinkaruk is Vancouver's first pick from the WHL since 2008, though in other ways he fits Mike Gillis's usual "highly rated player who slides on draft day" M.O..

Read on past the jump.

Hunter Shinkaruk has been absurdly productive in the WHL over the past two seasons, and shows extremely well in "age adjusted" offensive production. A year ago he was second only to Mackinnon, and he was fourth overall among draft eligibles.Corey Pronman ranked Shinkaruk 10th on his draft board, explaining:

Despite being a little on the smaller side, he deserves a top 10 ranking, as he possesses an immense amount of unique offensive talent. He moves effortlessly as a skater, showing the ability to gain power from each stride. That allows him to divert more energy to playmaking. His agility makes him tough to check in open ice. He turns his hips a lot, and his wide skating stance makes it difficult to predict where he will move. That said, his speed only ranks as good, not top end. Shinkaruk has rapid hands, and he can be very dangerous due to his creativity and coordination. Shinkaruk's physical game is his main issue. He is a small player, but he does work hard. He shows the ability to grind for the puck, but he will need to become stronger to keep it at the next level.

Shinkaruk slipped a bit on draft day, but was extremely and visibly excited to be picked. He grew up in the Calgary area and hails from a family of Flames fans, though he explained that "we're all Canucks fans now." Shinkaruk mentioned that he has a personal relationship with, and employs the same agency as, Vancouver's other first round pick Bo Horvat. Shinkaruk also expressed the standard desire to play in the NHL next season, though he realizes he needs to get stronger first. He also mentioned that he comes out of the draft with a chip on his shoulder, and a desire to to prove the teams that passed on him wrong...

Where the Horvat pick left me underwhelmed, I love the Shinkaruk pick. His major junior production at the age of seventeen and eighteen is pretty spell-binding and suggests that Shinkaruk is a special talent (an impression which matches up well with the eye test).

Here are some Shinkaruk highlights for your viewing pleasure:

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 NM00
June 30 2013, 03:38PM
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Mason Raymond if he hits.

More risk aversion from Gillis. Ugh.

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#2 Pinch
June 30 2013, 03:46PM
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Hey guys did you hear NM00 dislikes Gillis?

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#3 Joel
June 30 2013, 03:47PM
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Pinch wrote:

Hey guys did you hear NM00 dislikes Gillis?

I'd bet most of Vancouver hates Gillis right now. ;-)

But hey, maybe we can channel our usual self-defeating angst at our GM instead of our goalie...

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#4 NM00
June 30 2013, 03:53PM
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Pinch wrote:

Hey guys did you hear NM00 dislikes Gillis?

It's so much easier to dismiss criticism like this when you think I have an agenda isn't it?

It's okay to be a Canuck fan and think the GM is doing a poor job. In case you are unaware.

Gillis plays the board and what exactly has it brought the Canucks?

There is a reason a guy like him and a guy like Jordan Schroeder fell.

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#5 Sarcasm Mode
June 30 2013, 04:08PM
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Well, looks like Schneider has just been traded. Hope you trade Schneider guys are happy. Now New Jersey has a young potential future star for years to come when Martin B. retires.

What does Vancouver have? Oh, yeah an old " cant get the job done" Luongo, who doesn't even want to be here with a big contract no one wants to touch cause the Canucks were dumb enough to give it out in the first place.

Enjoy many more years of Luo's meltdowns, all you luo lovers who asked for this. Don;t complain next year when meltdown luo chokes again and remember its cause you guys asked for it.

Wow, how can a team like the Canucks who trade away talent like Neely and Hogson and now Schneider not to mention others and pissing off Bure, how can a team who runs itself like that not succeed? Oh wait, they havent succeeded in half a century. Hmmm...make you guys think doesn't it? Nope. Enjoy meltdown Luo all next year, if the team has a game that's not stellar, it's all meldown luuuuuuuu. LMFAO.

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#6 antro
June 30 2013, 07:04PM
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Just reading a couple of scouting reports and evaluations, it seems the reason that Bo Horvat was taken early is because he finished strong, while Shinkaruk regressed this season (perhaps because another player, Emerson Etem left).

@NM00: who would you have wanted with this pick?

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#7 NM00
June 30 2013, 08:14PM
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@antro

It's not the pick itself. It is the continual risk aversion strategy that Gillis employs that frustrates the hell out of me.

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#8 JCDavies
June 30 2013, 09:34PM
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A lot of people had him going much higher than 24th, is choosing the best player available ever a bad strategy?

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#9 NM00
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JCDavies wrote:

A lot of people had him going much higher than 24th, is choosing the best player available ever a bad strategy?

A number of teams passed on him because he was not the best player available according to them.

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#10 JCDavies
July 01 2013, 02:02AM
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@NM00

If he was the best player still available on the Canuck's draft board and he shouldn't have been then that's bad scouting not bad strategy.

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