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Canucks’ Shinkaruk wants to make hometown Flames ‘pay’ for passing

Sep 7, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks 2013 first-round pick Hunter Shinkaruk has a bone to pick with the Calgary Flames.

Shinkaruk is a Calgary native and his favorite team growing up had two opportunities to pick him in the first-round at this year’s draft in Newark and passed. Now the NHL hopeful wants to make them pay for not taking the hometown guy as Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun shares.

“Being a competitive kid, I want to make sure the Flames wished they had taken me with that pick,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be something that will drive me every time I play against them, for sure. If I can get out there and make them pay for not taking me it would be pretty nice.”

Calgary chose Sean Monahan (6th overall) and Emile Poirier (22nd overall) before the Canucks grabbed Shinkaruk at 24.

Bagging on the Flames for taking Monahan might be a bit much as he could wind up starting the season in Calgary. Taking Poirier over the hometown guy though… That’s the stuff that makes debates happen.

  1. jennettalia - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I’ve heard a few reasons why he fell. I had him pegged as top 3 when the year started, but he just seemed to constantly have his stock plummet. I’d like to understand why, as everyone close to the situation seemed to agree that he was an iffy choice.

    • themagicman1223 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Having him ranked top 3 even before the season was a mistake, 8-12 range was the right place.

      • jennettalia - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Not sure why i’m getting negativity on that. I thought highly of a guy and don’t understand why he dropped so hard. Regardless, he was much lower than what I expected for him ~10 months before the draft came to.

  2. rainyday56 - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Let the “Burke baiting” begin. C’mon Brian! You going to let a rook talk smack about “your” team unchallenged? Get out from the “background” and put that kid in his place. I love this!

  3. buffhockeynutt - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Slow down, Bomber. Concentrate on making YOUR team first off.

  4. zdeb93 - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    How will he start the season in Calgary? His junior team is in Medicine Hat, AB not Calgary and the Canucks AHL affiliate is in Utica, NY, their ECHL is Kalamazoo, MI so there’s really no way he starts in Calgary

    • desertfan - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      NHL rules:

      As he is under 20 he has only two options-not the 4 you list.

      If he does not make the Canucks he has only one and that is MH.

      He could stay for 9 games before being sent to MH but highly unlikely.

      • zdeb93 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        true, didn’t think about that but still he says “might be a bit much as he could wind up starting the season in Calgary” I don’t think he realizes Calgary is a good 175 miles or so from Calgary and they are not one in the same because they are both in Alberta, lazy.

      • zdeb93 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Medicine Hat* is a good 175 miles from Calgary

    • vanchuk - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      that line was in regards to Sean Monahan not Shinkaruk.

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