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Report: Canucks rookies Horvat, Shinkaruk to start year with team

Sep 27, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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Canucks fans don’t have to wonder anymore about which of their 2013 first-round picks will start the year with the team.

John Shannon of Sportsnet reports both Bo Horvat (9th overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) will start the season in Vancouver with the big club.

Both players have seen a lot of action so far in the preseason and both have shown they’ve got enough game to stay with some of the NHLers, but whether they’ll stick around for more than nine games before being sent back to juniors is another question.

Vancouver is currently dealing with injuries and suspensions at forward with Jordan Schroeder out with a hairline fracture in his foot and Zack Kassian suspended for the first five games of the season for high-sticking Edmonton’s Sam Gagner. David Booth has returned from his ankle issue but he’s working off the rust of being out of action for so long.

It may just be a short stay for the Canucks’ prized picks, but they’ve shown so far they’ve got the skills to earn a further look from coach John Tortorella.

  1. canucks30 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Neither will stay beyond the 9 game threshold.

    Once Kassian comes back and Schroeder is good to go, both will be back in Major Junior and likely represent Team Canada at the WJHC.

    The real disappointment is Brendan Gaunce who was picked a year earlier and was pegged to compete for a spot this season and is still not ready.

    • ikillchicken - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Gaunce is still only 19. It would have been nice if he were ready but it isn’t really disappointing that he isn’t. Give it time.

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