Vancouver Canucks Prospects Series: D Frankie Corrado
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Frankie Corrado is the Vancouver Canucks prospect covered in this segment of the prospects series. The Sudbury Wolves defenseman was selected 150th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 NHL entry draft.
Entering the Canucks' prospects camp as a first-year rookie in September 2011, Corrado was able to impress the Canucks coaching staff so much that he earned his entry-level contract as 18-year-old with the Canucks on September 23, 2011.
In his third season with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, the 19-year-old defenseman from Woodbridge, Ontario, showed positive signs of improvement over the course of the season compared to his performance last year.
Corrado improved his plus minus rating from minus-16 two years ago to minus-10 last year, and he made a major leap to plus-26 in his third season.
In Sudbury, Corrado also displayed the ability to contribute offensively for the Wolves.
In 2010-11, Corrado produced four goals, 26 assists for 30 points in 67 games.
In 2011-12, Corrado produced three goals, 23 assists for 26 points in 60 games.
Not only is Corrado getting better defensively and contributing occasionally offensively, he is also a feisty player who takes high penalty minutes every season. This year, he finished with 81 minutes in penalty, and 94 minutes last year.
Being a defenseman standing at 6'0'' and 190 lbs, Corrado needs to put in some effort in the gym this summer in order to compete in the next stage of his career in the AHL and NHL.
His entry-level contract probably means that Corrado will join the Canucks at training camp this September, and try to earn a regular role with the Canucks organization. If all goes well, Corrado will likely begin the season on the Chicago Wolves, and work on his game with Wolves head coach Craig MacTavish.
The Vancouver Canucks have done a very decent job restocking their prospects pool defensively over the last four drafts. In 2008, the Canucks selected defensive defenseman Yann Sauve 41st overall. In 2009, the team added Kevin Connauton, Jeremy Price and Peter Andersson. In 2010, the Canucks selected Patrick McNally, Adam Polasek and Sawyer Hannay. In 2011, they added Corrado and Henrik Tommernes.
This is Joseph Trenton reporting in Vancouver.
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