The Calgary Flames have traded former second round pick Markus Granlund to the Vancouver Canucks for Hunter Shinkaruk.
#Flames acquisition Hunter Shinkaruk: "Obviously my head is spinning, but I could not be happier."
— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) February 22, 2016
Shinkaruk, 21, has appeared in just one NHL game in his career to date. The Calgary-born winger was passed over by the Flames in the 2013 Draft before being chosen by the Canucks 24th overall. After struggling through his first pro season last year, Shinkaruk leads the AHL’s Utica Comets in scoring this season with 39 points in 45 games.
Granlund, 22, has split his time with the Flames and Stockton Heat. The former Calgary second round pick in 2011 has put up good numbers in the AHL, and has 7 points in 31 games with the team this season. In 85 career AHL games, he has scored 72 points, along with 28 points in 86 career NHL games.
In Shinkaruk, the Flames get a younger, smaller player with more upside than Granlund. Shinkaruk loves to score goals, though it remains to be seen if he can his success in junior and the AHL to the NHL level.