Team signs Stanton, Shinkaruk sent back
Ryan Stanton arrived via waivers Monday and prospect Hunter Shinkaruk was dispatched to the WHL'S Medicine Hat Tigers in the Canucks' latest roster shuffle. Shinkaruk, 18, was on borrowed time when Vancouver acquired forwards Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh from the Carolina Hurricanes late Saturday night. Shinkaruk's time then ran out when the Canucks had to submit their 23-man roster. He will resume his role as Medicine Hat captain.
Stanton, 24, was plucked from the Chicago Blackhawks' roster. He spent three seasons with their AHL farm team in Rockford after signing with the 'Hawks as a free agent. In junior, he played four seasons for the Moose Jaw Warriors. His NHL resumé consists of one game. He was never drafted. To make room for Stanton on their 23-man roster, the Canucks sent Welsh to the AHL's Utica Comets.
"I am definitely excited to be given this opportunity," Stanton said Monday before boarding a plane for Vancouver, via Denver. "I was thrilled when I heard the news. My mom is actually from Vancouver and my grandpa is still there. I have cousins, aunts and uncles there. I've already talked to my grandpa. Everyone is thrilled."
Stanton describes himself as a late-blooming stay-at-home defenceman, capable of blocking shots, playing physical and dropping the gloves if necessary. Last season with the Rockford IceHogs, he collected 25 points and 126 penalty minutes.
He is on a two-way contract this season that will see him make $550,000 US at the NHL level and $100,000 if he is sent to the minors.
In 2014-15, his deal becomes a one-way for $550,000. Shinkaruk, selected 24th overall by the Canucks in last June's draft, appeared in all six of Vancouver's pre-season games. He scored twice, added an assist and was plus-1. Bo Horvat, the Canucks' other 2013 first-rounder, was sent back to the OHL's London Knights on Sunday. Both Shinkaruk and Horvat are not eligible for recall until their respective teams are eliminated from playoffs. In Horvat's case, that means late May as the Knights are hosting the 2014 Memorial Cup and have a guaranteed berth.
Monday's moves leave the Canucks with eight defencemen, 13 forwards and two goalies on the active roster. Centre Jordan Schroeder (fractured ankle) is on injured reserve. Other moves may be in the offing, however. "This is our opening roster," Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said cryptically. "After that, things tend to happen organically."
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