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Canucks sign first-rounders Horvat, Shinkaruk

Aug 6, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have signed their two first-round picks from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk — to entry-level deals, the club announced on Tuesday.

Horvat, 18, was taken with the ninth overall selection, acquired from New Jersey in the Cory Schneider deal on draft day. The former OHL London standout was named playoff MVP last season — joining the likes of Corey Perry and Taylor Hall as former winners — and is currently with Team Canada at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY.

Shinkaruk, also 18, recently wrapped up a three-year career with WHL Medicine Hat, in which he scored 219 points in 193 regular season games. Like Horvat, he too is currently suiting up for the Canadian team at the U.S. NJEC.

While it’s unclear if either will make the Canucks roster this fall — of the two, Horvat is more likely given his 6-foot, 200-pound frame — Vancouver GM Mike Gillis is excited about what the future has in store for both.

“I think they’re really highly skilled players and they bring a lot to the table,” he told the Globe and Mail. “We’re very enthused about both of them.”

  1. elvispocomo - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Pretty much a formality, but I’m sure the Canucks wanted to make sure the ELC bonus structure worked with the current cap just in case either really impressed at camp.

  2. withseidelinn - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Shinkaruk needs to bulk up like mentioned, but I’d be extremely excited to see what Horvat can do if I was a Canucks fan

  3. kaptaanamerica - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Two top prospects hopefully they pan out shortly…

  4. blomfeld - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    hello ? … and like are you dopes for real ?

    it’s like, there’s this 64 million dollar elephant still in the room and so like do you clowns even know how to spell ‘reality’ ? … not trying be funny here … just being totally serious ?

    *** Executive Summary … all ‘blind’ Canuckle fans = dumb Valley Girls ***

  5. luckylucien - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    It’s called an amnesty buyout blomfeld. Once Booth is off IR, and Horvat proves what we all ready know, see ya later bear banger.

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