Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk was cut from Canada’s world junior hockey championship team on Friday.
The other player cut was New Jersey Devils prospect Damon Severson. The cuts reduce Team Canada’s roster to 23 players—leaving one more player to be cut.
Shinkaruk was initially named to Canada’s 25-player preliminary roster on December 2. The final roster is set at 22 players.
A bit disappointing for Canucks fans that one of their top prospects didn’t make the world junior team, but it might be a blessing in disguise for Shinkaruk. Hip and shoulder problems have limited him to just 18 games this season.
Nux prospect Hunter Shinkaruk, cut from world jr team, has been battling hip and shoulder woes for weeks. Probably could use rest. @Canucks
— Elliott Pap (@ElliottPap) December 20, 2013
It was Shinkaruk’s last year of eligibility for the world juniors and like this year, was a late cut for last year’s team.
Making and not making the world juniors team is hardly an indication of whether the player will become a star NHL player.