By John Vogl
Junior team: Medicine Hat (WHL)
Born: Calgary, Alberta
Measurables: 5-foot-10, 181 pounds
2012-13 stats: 64 games, 37 goals, 49 assists, 86 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 6
Lowdown: There’s more to hockey than scoring, but it’s still the main goal. Goals are Shinkaruk’s ultimate goal, too. The center is as offensive-minded as they come, with good reason. He filled the net 49 times last year while skating alongside Emerson Etem, who advanced to Anaheim this season. Shinkaruk barely missed a beat without the pro prospect, scoring 37 goals to show he wasn’t merely Etem’s sidekick.
Shinkaruk is explosive, agile and highly skilled. He’s the type of player who creates a buzz in the arena every time he gets the puck with open ice in front of him. He reminds many of Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, the 2011 NHL Rookie of the Year.
As can be expected with someone so focused on offense, defense is not Shinkaruk’s high point. He needs to get better without the puck. He’s also an October birthday, which means he’s spent much of his life competing against less-developed kids. Many things came too easy for the smallish forward.
He said it: "I watched a Daniel Briere interview once, and a lot of people say, ‘Act like you’ve been there before,’ and he said, ‘I’m going to celebrate like it’s the last goal I’m ever going to score.’ So when I score I want to make sure I enjoy it because there’s not many things I love more than scoring." – Shinkaruk in story at TheHockeyWriters.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.