Canucks Recall Frank(ie) Corrado

Dimitri Filipovic
December 30 2013 11:45AM

 

Back on December 4th I wrote a lengthy review of the first 30 games of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. In the section on defensemen, I had the following to say:

"The biggest storyline on the blueline for the Canucks through the first 1/3 of the season has to be the remarkable bill of health they've been enjoying. Excluding Alex Edler's 3-game suspension back in the 2nd week of the season, John Tortorella has been able to use the same 6 defensemen for every single game.. which seems unprecedented."

I'm sorry if I jinxed it, but I think we all figured that it was only a matter of time before the pendulum swung in the other direction, and their fortunes changed. Sure enough, defensemen are dropping like flies at this point. 

With the most recent injury sustained by Andrew Alberts - following an ugly incident involving a facepuncher, sigh - the team has finally succumbed, calling up young Frank(ie) Corrado after fans had been clamouring for them to do so ever since Alex Edler went down weeks ago. I'm just glad to see that the team went with the best player available in this case rather than putting too much stock into which side he plays on (Corrado is another guy that plays the right, by the way). Take note, Team Canada.

We love Corrado around these parts. We had him ranked as the team's 2nd best prospect back in the summer, and felt fairly confident about it as a group. He had a few bumps here and there during his 7-game run here last season, but all things considered, I thought he acquitted himself quite well.

We spent a lot of time wondering how the Canucks would decide to handle him this year, but Ryan Stanton's emergence made the call easy for them. He has spent the first 29 games of the AHL year in Utica, handling a heavy load on the blueline for the Comets. Our prospect writer Josh W has put together some cool graphics for us, which really come in handy in analyzing how players are doing in the AHL (since, you know, the league refuses to provide any sort of relevant statistics themselves):

So don't let the fact that he has only 5 points to his name fool you. He has been given an opportunity to play heavy minutes - Josh says that according to his estimates Corrado is 2nd on the team in time on ice - against some tough competition. And then there's this goal differential chart, which puts him with the 5th best rate on the team:

While I'd normally say that we should temper expectations with a young player like Corrado, he has shown the maturity and ability to adapt to his competition like a player well beyond his years. I'm sure that he'll do fine, making the team's decision on what to do with him difficult once again when guys like Stanton and Edler start getting healthy.

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 NM00
December 30 2013, 12:05PM
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Should the fact that he was behind Brendan Gaunce on the CA prospect rankings be at all worrisome?

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#2 PB
December 30 2013, 12:22PM
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NM00 wrote:

Should the fact that he was behind Brendan Gaunce on the CA prospect rankings be at all worrisome?

Only if you decide to disregard most of the context. Is Gaunce playing in the AHL with his junior eligibility done? Are the Canucks dealing with injuries to two regular centers and at least one replacement player all ahead on the depth chart.

Perhaps a less pessimistic view might be to see how Corrado has progressed over a year

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#3 NM00
December 30 2013, 12:43PM
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@PB

Relax.

On a related note, are you taking suggestions for a New Year's resolution...

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#4 pheenster
December 30 2013, 12:43PM
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NM00 wrote:

Should the fact that he was behind Brendan Gaunce on the CA prospect rankings be at all worrisome?

Only if one was being deliberately obtuse...

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#5 Mantastic
December 30 2013, 01:04PM
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How come the % of ES goals doesn't add up to 100%?

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#6 Cnukfan
December 30 2013, 01:23PM
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@Mantastic That's because it's goals-for%. What that means is the percentage of goals on the ice the Comets scored. For example, if they lost a game 3-2, with Frankie being on for 1GF 1GA, Frankie's stats in that chart would be 50% while the Comets would be 33% for the game.

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#7 JFR
December 30 2013, 03:09PM
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I like Frankie a lot as a young player. To me he was the #1 prospect because we got a glimpse if what he can do on the biggest stage, the NHL playoffs. It's good that Corrado got heavy minutes in Utica but Tanev and Stanton have proven that smart players can grow in the NHL playing 3-4th pairing minutes. Yes we need a left side D man but I believe Corrado has the intellect and skill set to adapt and thrive. This team benefits from the Tanevs, And Hammys because of their steady rock solid play. Corrado should fit right in giving a healthy Canucks D many options for playing time and trade scenarios. If this team can get healthy and keep playing tough hockey, there is no reason but to be optimistic

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#8 Ted
December 30 2013, 03:49PM
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PB wrote:

Only if you decide to disregard most of the context. Is Gaunce playing in the AHL with his junior eligibility done? Are the Canucks dealing with injuries to two regular centers and at least one replacement player all ahead on the depth chart.

Perhaps a less pessimistic view might be to see how Corrado has progressed over a year

It really is futile to reason with Idiot00. He's an attention seeker and fairly ignorant when it comes to the Canucks. Your counter point is pretty obvious but it didn't occur to NoMind00. He just wanted to post something...no matter how moronic.

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#9 andyg
December 30 2013, 03:56PM
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NM00 wrote:

Relax.

On a related note, are you taking suggestions for a New Year's resolution...

Have you decided to try and be nice?

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#10 NM00
December 30 2013, 04:01PM
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Ted wrote:

It really is futile to reason with Idiot00. He's an attention seeker and fairly ignorant when it comes to the Canucks. Your counter point is pretty obvious but it didn't occur to NoMind00. He just wanted to post something...no matter how moronic.

Had to give the troll patrol trio of Ted, Pheenster & PB a reason to post one more time in 2013.

All the best to you and yours...

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#11 NM00
December 30 2013, 04:02PM
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Have you decided to try and be nice?

No.

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#12 PB
December 30 2013, 06:59PM
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@NM00

It's nice to see your grasp of the term "troll" is about as strong as your definition of "negative" and "realistic". I don't actually think you're a troll by the way, just a bit of an Eeyore in need of some cheer in the New Year.

And all the best to you as well. As for resolutions, I'm thinking of following Woody Guthrie's. Most of them are about working hard, shaving and trying to drink less.

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#13 JCDavies
December 30 2013, 11:58PM
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@Mantastic

To add to what Cnukfan wrote,

The goal differential chart shows that:

- When Corrado was on the ice 48% of the goals scored were scored by the Comets and 52% by their opponents.

- When Corrado was not on the ice 39% of the goals scored were scored by the Comets and 61% were scored by the opposing teams.

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#14 Nat
December 31 2013, 12:45PM
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Really excited about Corrado. He looks like he will be a fixture on the team next year.

On another random note, the Canucks tweeted a video about him yesterday - he looks he's gained some muscle and grown into his body a bit more, which is a good sign.

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#15 Ruprecht
January 01 2014, 10:22AM
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NM00 wrote:

Should the fact that he was behind Brendan Gaunce on the CA prospect rankings be at all worrisome?

Good one. But seriously, you read that crap?

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