Calgary waived Shinkaruk on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic Toronto reports. Shinkaruk enjoyed a solid campaign in the minors last season, notching 35 points in 52 games, but it was disappointing to see him take a step back after racking up 51 points in 62 games with AHL Stockton in 2015-16. The 22-year-old winger was a first-round pick in 2013, so he definitely has potential, but the Flames clearly don't think he's ready for a regular role with the big club.
Shinkaruk was assigned to AHL Stockton on Monday. A month to the day after being called up, the forward will be headed back down after playing only seven games. In those limited appearances, he only tallied one assist, making him more or less worthless in most fantasy leagues. However, if Calgary gets in injury trouble and need some depth, Shinkaruk will probably be one of the first guys called up.
The Flames recalled Shinkaruk from AHL Stockton on Saturday. Kris Versteeg is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks with a groin injury, so Shinkaruk was brought up Saturday to round out the Flames' depth at forward while Versteeg is on the shelf. Shinkaruk has been highly productive in the minors this season, notching eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games with AHL Stockton, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he slots into if and when he's able to crack Calgary's lineup.
Shinkaruk was sent down to AHL Stockton on Saturday, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Sunreports. The 21-year-old Calgary native came over in a trade last season from the Canucks, posting 12 points in 17 games with Stockton and three points in seven games with the Flames. Shinkaruk flashed signed of offensive prowess in previous seasons with AHL Utica (70 points in 119 contests), so the Flames brass is likely looking for much of the same as he heads south to California to open the season.
The Flames have assigned Shinkaruk to AHL Stockton. Acquired in a trade with the Canucks back on Feb. 22, Shinkaruk ended up scoring two goals and three points in seven games for the Flames. He'll close out the current season with Stockton (where he has tallied 10 points in 14 games to date) and the 21-year-old forward will thus look forward to making a run at a roster spot with the big club next fall to start the 2016-17 season.
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