Canucks’ Horvat, Shinkaruk to start in NHL

The Canucks are down to their final cuts for their opening day roster, a roster that still includes a few youths. It is a sign that Vancouver is looking to its future.

John Tortorella will be giving the teenagers a shot.

Both of the Vancouver Canucks’ 2013 first-round selections, Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, will start the 2013-14 season with the big club, Hockey Central insider John Shannon reports:

Shinkaruk, an 18-year-old wing who scored 100 goals in his three seasons with the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers, was drafted 24th overall.

Horvat, also 18, spent two seasons with the OHL’s London Knights before the Canucks drafted the centre ninth overall in June.

The Canucks traded goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils to move up in the draft and select Horvat.

“That’s my biggest goal: to crack that lineup and have a role on the team,” Horvat told Sportsnet.ca before training camp.