Hunter Shinkaruk grew up in Calgary and went to games at Scotiabank Saddledome so when he saw the Flames walk to the podium at the 2013 NHL Draft to make the 22nd pick he admits he was hopeful his name would be called. Shinkaruk who was No. 6 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American prospects said he had expected to go in the top 15 maybe the top 10. But as the wait got longer he actually got a bit hopeful knowing the Flames were coming up with their second of three first-round picks. "There definitely was some nerves" Shinkaruk said. "Going into the draft I didn't know where I ranked. But once 20 came 21 22 23 it was a little bit stressful." When the Flames' turn came up Shinkaruk got hopeful. "When I saw Calgary go up there it was something that I thought would be pretty cool to go to Calgary and play in my hometown" he said. "When they went up there I'm not going to lie I thought maybe my name would be called and it wasn't. It was a little tough." The Flames instead picked Gatineau Olympiques forward Emile Poirier who has joined Shinkaruk to play for Canada at this week's national junior evaluation camp; Vancouver with the 23rd pick then chose Shinkaruk. But Shinkaruk said the Flames passing on him would stay in the back of his mind.
Shinkaruk will use draft disappointment as motivation
NHL.com | Aug 10