Name: Hunter Shinkaruk (cool name or what?) Last name pronounced Shin-Kare-Ruck.
Born: October 13, 1994 in Calgary, Alberta. Wow, the kids drafted nowadays were still attached to their mommies when the Canucks went to the Cup Final in '94. Pass me my wheelchair, asshole! Pull your pants up!
Weight: Around 170 pounds
Position: Center / Left Wing
2012-13 Team: Medicine Hat Tigers (Western Hockey League) Captain of the team.
Awards: Bronze medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2010. Was selected to the All Star team for that tournament. Bronze at the IIHF World Under 18 Championship in 2012.
Tenacious forechecking winger with great hands. Offensively skilled. Willing to pay the price to score goals. Will need to add bulk.
Shinkaruk has been a top scorer in the WHL over the past two seasons. 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.
Submitted by: Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus. Click here for Pronman's draft rankings
Scoring ability is the defining skill that Hunter Shinkaruk brings to the table. Undersized and overmatched physically, Shinkaruk has that rare hockey sense that goal scorers possess with his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Already in his 3rd season, Shinkaruk has been productive every year and is now showing that he can carry the offensive workload.
Shinkaruk’s playmaking ability is not elite, but it’s a strength of his game and something he uses to keep the defense off balance in terms of what he’s going to do. Overall, however, NHL teams will have to question how his 200-foot game translates to the NHL level at his size.
Footage of Canucks selecting Hunter:
Comparable to: Tyler Ennis says Pierre McGuire.