Learning More About Hunter Shinkaruk

Dobber Sports

2013-04-12


Shinkaruk


Learning more about a top 2013 prospect – Hunter Shinkaruk.


Hunter Shinkaruk doesn't let anything get in his way. Breaking his leg in midget, being one of the last cuts from Canada's world junior squad this past winter, and not playing with an elite linemate have not slowed him down.


The 5-11 and 175 pound center for the Medicine Hat Tigers finished the season 14th in WHL regular season scoring with 37 goals and 49 assists for a total of 86 points in 64 games. While his point and goal totals are down from the 2011-12 season, his points per game rate of 1.34 from this season is still fairly close to his 1.38 rate from last season.

 

It's worth noting Shinkaruk did not have the luxury of riding shotgun to Anaheim Ducks winger Emerson Etem this season. Last season Etem made it look easy, leading the league with 61 goals and 107 points. From a development standpoint, Shinkaruk also made strides as he captained the Tigers this season.

 

He led the seventh-place Tigers as they swept the second place Memorial Cup host Saskatoon Blades in the first round of the WHL finals. The team was swept in the next round by the Curtis Lazar's Edmonton Oil Kings. He finished the playoffs with three goals and three assists in eight games.

 

Resilient to adversity

 

As a 14-year old, Shinkaruk broke both his tibia and fibula in his right leg while playing with the Calgary Royals in Midget AAA. Despite missing all but three games that season, he made the jump to the WHL seamlessly putting up 42 points in his rookie season.


 

If this season was a non-lockout year, chances are Shinkaruk would have made Canada's world junior team this past winter as he was the among the group of forwards cut on the day the roster was finalized. Assuming he isn't playing in the NHL next season, he should be a lock for the 2014 squad.