Canucks Report: Corrado makes the jump
From the fifth round to the NHL in less than two years.
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Monday they have recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
It’s becoming harder and harder to believe that Corrado was available in the fifth-round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft for the Canucks to snag him with the 150th overall pick. Since then, the right-handed shooting defenseman has signed an NHL contract, been a finalist for the Most Outstanding Defenseman trophy in the Ontario Hockey League, been named Defenseman of the Month in the OHL, played in the OHL all-star game, almost made the Canadian World Juniors squad, played in the AHL and now finds himself on a NHL roster.
Corrado has spent the last week with the Wolves where he has played three games, posting two assists and a plus-one rating. Prior to joining the Wolves, the Woodbridge, Ontario, native split the season between the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Corrado registered 27 points (6-21-27) in 41 games as captain of the Sudbury Wolves prior to being traded to the Kitchener Rangers at the OHL trade deadline, where he picked up 18 points (1-17-18) in 28 games, as well as two points (1-1-2) in 10 post-season games.
The Canucks jersey will be the fifth different uniform Corrado has donned this season; along with Sudbury, Kitchener and Chicago, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also played three exhibition games for Team Canada at the World Juniors Selection Camp in December.
All in all, Corrado has played 93 games already this season; five at the World Junior Club Cup in Russia, three OHL preseason games, three with Team Canada, 69 OHL regular-season games, 10 OHL post-season games and three AHL games.
If Corrado, who is currently 20-years and 27 days old, finds himself in the lineup come game time, he will become the youngest blue-liner to suit up for the club since the late Luc Bourdon, who was 19-years and 236-days old when he made his NHL debut on October 10th, 2006.
Corrado will also become the ninth player to play for both the Wolves and Canucks this season and the second player from the Canucks 2011 draft class to make his NHL debut (Nicklas Jensen made his debut earlier in the season).
Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed during his media session Monday morning that Corrado will make his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks. He'll play alongside Alex Edler.