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05-03-2013, 09:49 AM
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hizzoner
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Hockey News has Shinkaruk listed as 5'11" weighing in at 175 pounds. He turns 19 on October 13. After a breakout year 2 years ago with 49 goals he tailed off to a still respectable but not awe inspiring 37. While he might merit some consideration at 16, his size, late birthday, lack of progress in his draft year and his defensive deficiencies do not do enough for me to want him at number 8.
As far as Nicushkin is concerned I think he is a gamble we should not take. Yes he is a huge player with a great drive to the net. I have seen him only a few times on tv and on high light film. But with no expressed desire I have seen to come to the NHL and only 15 goals and 13 assists in the 77 games he has played in the last 2 years leading up to this April we are talking only possible potential--he has not dominated. Yes some of his time was in the KHL-18 games-and yes he might be a star-but it is a higher risk adventure than I would wish to embark on.

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