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 prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, and sixth in the CSS final rankings.
Tenacious forechecking winger with great hands. Offensively skilled. Willing to pay the price to score goals. Will need to add bulk.
At the Team Canada World Juniors Summer Evaluation Camp, Shinkaruk showed glimpses of the future player the Canucks drafted. Fast, crafty, and a relentless forechecker, Shinkaruk would love nothing more than to nail down a roster spot during training camp. The more likely scenario sees Shinkaruk plying his trade with the Medicine Hat Tigers, working hard with his trainer to add strength. If he is able to that, there is a good chance he will eventually find himself playing top-six minutes for the Canucks.