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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About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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