Assistant general manager Laurence Gilman will have one less Canuck prospect to watch when he heads to the World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden next week.
Hunter Shinkaruk, the speedy Medicine Hat Tigers’ winger the Canucks selected late in the first round of this year’s NHL entry draft, was one of two final cuts Friday by Team Canada.
Gilman knows Shinkaruk, who has battled hip and shoulder injuries this season, will be profoundly disappointed.
“First of all, I think every kid playing hockey in Canada wants to play for Team Canada at their level,” Gilman said before the Canucks beat the Blackhawks at the United Center on Friday. “I’m sure it is extremely disappointing for Hunter. Unfortunately for him, he has had a tough year. He sustained two different injuries that have clearly impacted his performance. It is a testament to him and his skill set, and what Hockey Canada thinks about him, that they brought him to Copenhagen for their pre-tournament.