Hunter Shinkaruk

Darren Walker

Shinkaruk is a plucky scoring winger with good skating technique and high energy levels. He really uses the inside and outside of his edges, almost like a figure skater. If you watch guys like Jeff Skinner, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Zetterberg skate into the offensive zone, they do a similar motion, turning their lower body to gain body position on the defender. Also like them, Shinkaruk has very good hands and has the ability to deke, pass and shoot all at top speed. He Puts the puck in good spots for his teammates via passing, either out in front for them to keep them in stride or to reach it around a defender or in their feet to avoid an incoming stick check. He has a good nose for the net, consistently getting it dirty going to the crease. Shinkaruk has a good hard shot, very accurate with a good release and creates chances by utilizing a very quick release and finding holes in the offensive zone. He’s equally good at both playmaking and scoring and is at his best when his intensity is high. Lacking in size, he shows the needed ability of being able to avoid big checks and displaying good escapability. He isn`t the biggest guy around but he certainly asserts himself on the forecheck and creates many chances thanks to his good work ethic. He also makes attempts to back check hard on quick transitioned plays. He has an excellent compete level and doesn’t back down from bigger competition. (May 2013)