2010-11: Hunter Shinkaruk, originally selected by Medicine Hat with the 14th pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, played in 63 games for the Tigers as a 16-year-old and represented Canada Pacific in the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Playing on a talented Tigers team that reached the Eastern Conference finals, he scored 14 goals with 28 assists and was plus-13 with 24 penalty minutes. Shinkaruk was minus-two with 4 goals and 5 assists in 14 playoff games. He was named to the WHC’s All-Tournament team after scoring 5 goals with 4 assists in six games as Canada Pacific captured a bronze medal.
2011-12: Shinkaruk was fifth in the WHL with 49 goals and was Medicine Hat’s second-leading scorer behind Anaheim prospect Emerson Etem in his second season with the Tigers. He had 42 assists and was plus-17 with 38 penalty minutes in 66 games as Medicine Hat finished third behind league champion Edmonton and Calgary in the Central Division. Shinkaruk scored 2 goals with 9 assists in eight playoff games and was minus-four with six penalty minutes. He played for Canada in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship; scoring 4 goals with 4 assists in six games for the bronze-medal winning squad.
2012-13: Named captain of the Tigers in his third season, Shinkaruk was the second-leading scorer for Medicine Hat (trailing only 19-year-old Curtis Valk). He represented Team WHL in the Subway Series against a Russian all-star team and played for Canada in the Super Series in August. In 64 WHL regular season games he scored 37 goals with 49 assists and was minus-13 with 44 points. After finishing fourth in the Central Division the Tigers swept Saskatoon before falling to Edmonton. In eight playoff games Shinkaruk scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes. He was ranked fifth amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings and sixth in the CSS final rankings and was selected by Vancouver in the first round (24th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Shinkaruk was impressive in Team Canada’s training camp for the 2014 World Juniors and gave fans a glimpse of the future with his play during the Canucks Young Stars. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Vancouver in August 2013 and attended training camp before being returned to the WHL’s Mediciine Hat Tigers. He skated in 18 games for the Tigers and played for the WHL in the Subway Series against Russia despite a painful hip condition. He eventually had season-ending surgery on the hip in January 2014. Shinkaruk scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was -2 with 29 penalty minutes and was a team captain for Medicine Hat. He was +1 with 1 goal in two games during the Subway Series.
Shinkaruk is a tenacious forechecking winger with great hands. He is offensively skilled and is willing to pay the price to score goals. His ferocious style has taken its toll at times and there are concerns that he will be able to withstand the physical punishment without added muscle and strength. He reads the play well and distributes the puck to teammates effectively.
Shinkaruk attended training camp with the Canucks and was assigned to AHL affiliate Utica at the start of the 2014-15 season rather than returning to Medicine Hat for an overage season. The second-youngest player to skate for the Comets next to center Bo Horvat, he has shown steady progress in his first season while adjusting to the faster pace of pro hockey. Long-term Shinkaruk is expected to be a consistent two-way forward at the NHL level with the capability of playing top-six minutes for the Canucks.