The Vancouver Canucks have signed prospects Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat to entry-level contracts.
Shinkaruk was chosen with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward captained the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2012-13, recording 49 goals and 37 assists. Odds are he will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season, with a shot at making the 2014 Canadian World Junior team.
Horvat was selected 9th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft after the Canucks traded goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the 9th overall selection. Horvat was rewarded for his standout performance in the 2013 OHL Playoffs with the Londkon Knights where he was the leading goal scorer (26 points in 23 games), by being awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the OHL Playoffs MVP.
Additionally, the Canucks re-signed Darren Archibald to a one year extension. He split last season between the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. He produced 12 goals and 10 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 55 games played with the Wolves as well as an additional six goals, seven assists and 29 penalty minutes in 18 games with Kalamazoo.
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