Assistant general manager Laurence Gilman will have one less Canuck prospect to watch when he heads to the World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden next week.

Hunter Shinkaruk, the speedy Medicine Hat Tigers’ winger the Canucks selected late in the first round of this year’s NHL entry draft, was one of two final cuts Friday by Team Canada.

Gilman knows Shinkaruk, who has battled hip and shoulder injuries this season, will be profoundly disappointed.

“First of all, I think every kid playing hockey in Canada wants to play for Team Canada at their level,” Gilman said before the Canucks beat the Blackhawks at the United Center on Friday. “I’m sure it is extremely disappointing for Hunter. Unfortunately for him, he has had a tough year. He sustained two different injuries that have clearly impacted his performance. It is a testament to him and his skill set, and what Hockey Canada thinks about him, that they brought him to Copenhagen for their pre-tournament.

“Unfortunately, guys that he was competing with outplayed him and that’s hockey. That happens. We think that Hunter is going to be more than fine in the long run. There will be other opportunities for him to wear the Maple Leaf and he’ll get over this.”

Canuck prospect Bo Horvat, the London Knights’ centre selected ninth overall this summer, remains with the team and scored a goal in Canada’s 4-2 win over Finland in a pre-tournament game Friday in Copenhagen.

Gilman said the team will reach out to Shinkaruk to try to cushion the blow.