Shinkaruk was sent back down to AHL Utica on Wednesday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Shinkaruk had a one game stint in the NHL before being sent back down to the AHL. The first round pick in 2013 didn't score a point in his NHL debut, but does have 13 points in 12 games for the Comets. He's replaced by Alex Grenier in the NHL, who should provide more size to the Canucks' forward groups.
Shinkaruk will make his NHL debut Monday against the Candiens, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports. Shinkaruk posted 13 points in 12 games with AHL Utica to begin the 2015-16 campaign and it earned him a promotion to the Canucks. With the club still dealing with multiple injuries, he will draw into the lineup Monday to make his NHL debut. However, he'll likely skate on the bottom line, likely limiting his action.
Shinkaruk was recalled by the Canucks on Saturday. With Brandon Sutter (lower body) out Saturday against Toronto, Shinkaruk will join the Canucks' 23-man roster as a depth forward in case of emergency. He isn't expected to play in Saturday's tilt, but could draw into Vancouver's lineup if Sutter isn't able to go Monday against Montreal.
Shinkaruk had his second hat trick of the young season in AHL Utica's 5-1 over Providence on Saturday. On the strength of his two big nights, Shinkaruk now has nine goals in his first 11 games this season. He scored 16 goals in 74 games all of last year. Shinkaruk's status as a top prospect has definitely taken a dip of the past year or so, but he has always had elite offensive ability. Perhaps he is finally starting to put it all together for the first time as a professional
Hunter Shinkaruk scored two goals in Utica's (AHL) 4-3 win over Chicago on Friday.
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