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The hysteria surrounding the upcoming 2012 draft class has started as the CHL Subway Super Series is underway and the Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championship is quickly approaching.  The 2012 draft class has been deemed "deep" by most experts as it features several high profile forwards and plenty of defensemen with top four upside.  As exciting as the current crop of upcoming NHLers is there could be even more hype surrounding the 2013 NHL draft class when this time rolls around next season.


The Dean's List previously featured Texas born Seth Jones, a defenseman all fantasy poolies will know shortly and Sean Monahan, a big skilled complete center who currently leads the OHL's Ottawa 67's in scoring as a 17-year old.  In the fantasy hockey world, the importance of drafting players with upside is important but it becomes even more valuable when those players actually reach that upside or exceed all expectations.  The Dean's List turns to the Western Hockey League to a player making a strong argument to become a valuable NHLer and strong fantasy contributor. He should compete with the Nathan MacKinnons, Seth Joneses, and Sean Monahans in becoming the 2013 first overall pick.


The Dean's List introduces you to forward Hunter Shinkaruk from the Medicine Hat Tigers.


Hunter Shinkaruk

Born:  October 13, 1994

Height:  5'10"  Weight: 165 lbs

Calgary, Alberta

2011-12 WHL Statistics:  20GP-20G-8A-28P, 10 PIM, +11


Last year when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was drafted first overall he was the first Western Hockey Leaguer to earn such honours since Chris Phillips went first in the 1996 NHL Entry draft.  The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is twenty plus months away and the undersized Hunter Shinkaruk could easily make his bid to become follow in Nugent-Hopkins' and Phillips' footsteps.  Hunter's late birthday (October 13th) extends his draft year by a full year otherwise Shinkaruk could be a target for the 2012 draft.


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In Shinkaruk's WHL rookie season he racked up an impressive 14 goals and 42 points to finish tied for ninth in freshman scoring and fifth among his Medicine Hat teammates.  Shinkaruk has already surpassed last year's goal total of fourteen in just his twelfth game and is red hot tallying nine goals in just four November contests to bring his total to 20 goals.  In fact, Hunter Shinkaruk was honoured with the CHL Player of the Week Award for his weekly production 7 goals and 11 points in 3 measly games.  At seventeen years old, Shinkaruk became the youngest player to receive the award this season and joins the likes of Tanner Pearson, Mark Stone, Emerson Etem, Nail Yakupov, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Huberdeau as the league's top weekly player.


Hockey has always been a priority for Hunter Shinkaruk and his WHL rookie success led him