Hunter Shinkaruk to undergo hip surgery, will miss the rest of the season

Thomas Drance
December 27 2013 12:08PM

There is some unfortunate but not entirely unexpected Canucks prospect injury news to sift through this Friday morning. Hobbled Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk will undergo a surgical procedure this January and the highly-touted young sniper will miss the rest of the campaign as he convalesces. 

Read past the jump.

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Canucks Call Up Joacim Eriksson, So What's the Deal with Luongo's Groin?

Dimitri Filipovic
December 27 2013 11:16AM

Hockey is back.. basically. With the Christmas break now in the rearview mirror, and teams set to resume play - though the Canucks won't technically be back in action until Sunday, when they take on the Flames - news has trickled out that the team has called up 3rd string goaltender Joacim Eriksson from the Utica Comets.

Read on past the jump for a quick take on what this means (.. and all things Luongo's groin, ladies..)

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Happy Holidays Nations

Kent Wilson
December 25 2013 08:06AM



About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror).

Flash forward 12 months and we're bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation on its feet (with the help of some great new contributors). We have some big plans for the future and will likely be adding even more content, gear, features, contests and fantasy type games very soon.

Of course, none of this is possible without all of our readers. So thank you for sticking with us through the dark times and continuting to make writing and reading here interesting, challenging, fun and rewarding.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

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Canucks Weekly Prospect Report - December 24th, 2013

Josh W
December 24 2013 12:08PM

Image Courtesy of @TheUticaComets

T'was the day before Christmas, and all through the smylosphere, not a blogger was stirring, except maybe @joshweissbock ...

While Christmas is here, most of hockey is quieting down, but not all the prospects are idle. This week's prospect report is a bit shorter than normal but it's just as full of prospect #fancystats including the first ever Estimated Usage Chart for any league outside of the NHL. As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback, on anything prospect related you wish me to cover, and have a Merry Christmas!

Without further ado..

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The Sea-to-Sky Boner Report: Dec 24th, 2013

Rhys Jessop
December 24 2013 10:24AM

20 year old Dalton Thrower may be the best defenseman in the WHL this year.

With the World Junior Hockey Championships starting soon and Chritsmas just around the corner, the WHL has entered its winter break, meaning that there are no games until December 27th. This also marks the halfway point of the season, so it's a good time to look back on how the Giants are doing compared to the rest of the WHL.

Read past the jump for a look at how the Giants have faired so far, and what we can expect them to do over the rest of the season.

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