Lancer wrote:As for Shinkaruk, the kid's thrived in the WHL and I haven't heard anything bad about the Medicine Hat organization
The organization is well run and has been very successful since Willie Dejardins became coach and has continued under his replacement since he left for Dallas. In that time the team has had 10 straight winning seasons (crazy for a junior team due to the high turnover and the tendency for boom and bust cycles) and 11 straight playoff appearnaces, 10 of which went beyond a 1st round and 2 memorial cup appearances, including a final that they lost to that other Vancouver team, the goddamn Giants.
The team seems to pick skill at the expense of size which helps keep them competitive since your 5 ft 8 inch 170lb top liners dont get drafted early (or at all) and you can keep them until they are 20 or even as an overage. Shinkaruk was not a small player by this teams standards. As a comparison, our top players over the years have included Tyler Ennis and Kris Russel. Even our toughest guys were well under 200 lbs (Derek Dorsett)
Unfortunately, I have not seen any games recently so I cant say much about Hunter. Now that he is a prospect, I will surely play much more attention and maybe even get to a game next year.