World Juniors: Shinkaruk, Severson cut from Canadian national team

Medicine Hat Tigers star (and Canucks draft pick) Hunter Shinkaruk was released from Canada
Medicine Hat Tigers star (and Canucks draft pick) Hunter Shinkaruk was released from Canada's National Junior Team on Friday.
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Damon Severson and Hunter Shinkaruk were released from Canada's National Junior Team on Friday, after a 4-2 win over Finland in the club's first of three pre-tournament games.

Severson is a defenceman for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League and a draft pick of the New Jersey Devils.

Shinkaruk was picked in the first round of this year's NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks and is also the captain of the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. Shinkaruk scored two goals in two preseason games with the Canucks prior to being sent back to Alberta and The Dub, on Oct. 1, 2013.

The World Junior Championship gets underway on December 26 – Boxing Day – with Canada taking on Germany. This year's World Juniors are hosted in Malmo, Sweden.

Canada's roster currently has 23 players, and needs to be cut down to 22 players before the tournament begins.

Prior to the cutting of Shinkaruk and Severson, TSN's Bob McKenzie said he believed Shinkaruk was on the bubble to make this year's Canadian team, along with forwards Charles Hudon and Anthony Mantha.

Canada fell behind 2-0 to Team Finland today's exhibition match, before rallying with help from Canada's second line, led by Vancouver's other NHL draft pick, Bo Horvat, and Erie Otters 16-year-old Connor McDavid. They were playing on the second line with North Vancouver native Sam Reinhart.

"Canada started very slowly, and these are to try and get your feet under you and start to feel good about your game," McKenzie said ( "As the game went on, they certainly improved.

"They had bad puck management in the early going, some questionably goaltending, some lack of discipline in terms of the penalties, and that was a bit of a problem even in the third period.

"Overall, they were down 2-0, they did a good job of reeling it back in, creating some offence, and starting to get some chemistry developing with some of their top players."

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