Joined: Apr 2017
While the contract is solid (if the facts are correct), the trade that brought Shinkaruk to Montreal for fellow RFA Kerby Rychel is not so solid. Thus it’s hard to look at one separate from one another. Rychel, while inconstant, was a higher draft pick and achieved greater success at every level than Shinkaruk. He is also faster than him and actually has a legitimate shot at making an NHL roster soon - if he figures out how to play week in, week out. Shinkaruk on the other hand profiles as an AHL lifer, who can contribute on special teams and on a 3rd line (or 2nd if the team is less deep), but doesn’t have a future in the NHL - yes, even with the Canadiens. Can’t see why bergevin made this trade but he has made a lot of bad trades and signings. If Rychel figures his stuff out and starts playing in the NHL, this will look even worse.