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Canucks’ Shinkaruk wants to make hometown Flames ‘pay’ for passing

2013 NHL Draft - Portraits

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: Hunter Shinkaruk poses for a portrait after being selected number twenty four overall in the first round by the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Vancouver Canucks 2013 first-round pick Hunter Shinkaruk has a bone to pick with the Calgary Flames.

Shinkaruk is a Calgary native and his favorite team growing up had two opportunities to pick him in the first-round at this year’s draft in Newark and passed. Now the NHL hopeful wants to make them pay for not taking the hometown guy as Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun shares.

“Being a competitive kid, I want to make sure the Flames wished they had taken me with that pick,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be something that will drive me every time I play against them, for sure. If I can get out there and make them pay for not taking me it would be pretty nice.”

Calgary chose Sean Monahan (6th overall) and Emile Poirier (22nd overall) before the Canucks grabbed Shinkaruk at 24.

Bagging on the Flames for taking Monahan might be a bit much as he could wind up starting the season in Calgary. Taking Poirier over the hometown guy though... That’s the stuff that makes debates happen.

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