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Flyers 2013 Draft Prospect Profile: C/LW Hunter Shinkaruk

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Shinkaruk with Medicine Hat (via Mastimages)

Name: Hunter Shinkaruk

Position: Center/Left Wing (Shoots: Left)

Height: 5’11′

Weight: 181 lbs.

League: WHL (juniors)

Team: Medicine Hat Tigers (Captain)

Years Of Junior Experience: 3 years

Accomplishments: 2010-2011 U17 WHC All-Star, U17 WHC Bronze Medal, 2011-2012 U18 WJC Bronze Medal, 2012-2013 WHL All-Star

Strengths

Hunter Shinkaruk is a leader on and off the ice with plenty of scoring ability scoring 49 goals and tallying 42 Assists (91 pts) in 2011-2012, and racked up 37 Goals and 49 Assists (86 pts) in 2012-2013. Shinkaruk is very quick on the ice, and has a goal scorer’s mentality. He has the uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. Shinkaruk possesses fantastic forechecking capability and has great hands. Hunter is very agile making him difficult to check in the open ice, but is very willing to take a hit if it means scoring a goal. He is considered an elite offensive threat.

Breakdown:

  • Can play both Left Wing or Center
  • Speedy and agile and has a goal scorers mentality
  • A true leader both on and off the ice
  • Fantastic forechecking ability
  • An elite offensive threat… a pure scorer

Weaknesses

Hunter Shinkaruk is not thought of as a pure playmaker. He is considered undersized and sometimes a bit overmatched physically. He will need to bulk up a little to play at the next level.

What are scouts saying?

“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.” Hockey Prospectus

“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.”The Scouting Report

“Dynamic if given even a sliver of space. Comes out of corners and lasers home bullets before goalies or defencemen can get set. Powerful skater with a separation gear – balance continues to improve with increasing leg strength. Stickhandles with the puck on a string and is a better skater when he has the puck. Outstanding ability to get shots off in full flight handcuffs goalies. Compete level in contested areas is a positive. Uses teammates effectively on the PP.” – Redline Report 2013 Draft Guide

“Shinkaruk is a very skilled and very intelligent offensive player who can also will offense to happen. He has a great shot, slick hands and knows what to do in almost every of the offensive zone. He tends to shine brightest when needed the most and is no stranger to putting the team on his back. Shinkaruk doesn’t take no for answer.” – International Scouting Services 2013 Draft Guide

Should the Flyers draft Shinkaruk?

Yes, but only if there is not a puck-moving Defenseman available at #11. Although the Flyers already have a good young core of offensive talent, Shinkaruk’s speed, forechecking, and pure goal scoring ability is something the Flyers missed a lot last season.

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Categories: Editorial, Flyers

Author:Chris Innella (@PHL_SportsNSuch)

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