The fact two junior eligible player may play for the Canucks opening night says more about Vancouver’s lack of depth than it does Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat.

The pair of rookies have been fine playing all six games in Vancouver’s pre-season. They’re both smart poised and skilled players with bright futures. They’ve shown all of that. But what they haven’t been is overly impressive and what they haven’t shown yet is they are ready for the NHL.

It may not matter. With Zack Kassian suspended Jordan Schroeder hurt and a bottom six which will have people pining for Samme Pahlsson heck even you Ryan Johnson it’s plausible both Shinkaruk and Horvat could be on the opening night roster next week.

Now there is a caveat here. The Canucks management have been eyeing this weekend’s waiver wire for two months now. Management believes it can find a player maybe even a third-line centre which would change the conversation.

They plan to be active. But we’ve seen Canucks plans fizzle in the past.

“They’ve had good camps” Canucks head coach John Tortorella said of the two 18-year-olds. “I guess they’re the ones (still) standing as far as the kids. I just felt they’ve done more.

“Where they sit as far as we keep on going through I don’t know. You have to be really careful in keeping players (this young) around and practising.