Frankie Corrado will be Invited to Canucks Training Camp

While I suppose we still don’t know for sure whether or not Frank Corrado is one of the names Bob McKenzie listed that are "confirmed" training camp invites or if he just remains a "likely" invite, if Bob McKenzie says Frank Corrado is coming to Canucks training camp, that’s good enough for me.

Considering the Canucks are kicking the tires on the likes of Jim Vandermeer and Cam Barker, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

Frank Corrado has emerged over the past sixteen months as one of Vancouver’s top prospects, and it appears he’ll be rewarded with a training camp-invite (other top prospects like Nicklas Jensen and Brendan Gaunce will remain with their SEL/OHL teams). Frank Corrado has a mature game for a 19 year old defenseman and his offensive game has come along nicely in the OHL this season (though a jump in production is to be expected of a major junior defenseman in their age 20 season – even if that prospect doesn’t necessarily have NHL upside). 

In 2011/12 with the Sudbury Wolves, Corrado was an ace shutdown defenseman and was arguably one of the OHL’s best two-way defenseman. He also impressed, as he’s continually done, in his short stint with the Chicago Wolves at the tail end of the season. This season, as Wolves captain, Corrado continued to do the heavy-lifting for Sudbury while also providing a lot more offensive punch (he beat his career high in goals, and is only 2 points short of his career high in points through 42 games). 

Corrado was recently traded to Kitchener, a club coached by Steve Spott, the coach of the 2012/13 Canadian world junior championship team that cut Corrado from their roster in mid-December. In something of a comeuppance, Spott’s club team will now be without the prized OHL veteran who they traded for on Tuesday for at least a week (and possibly more). 

Corrado is clearly a long-shot to realistically make a significant contribution in the NHL this season, though Mike Gillis did mention this summer that Corrado’s development was a major reason why the Canucks feel comfortable with their right-side depth as it stands now. Of course, we should take that comment with all of the salt in the dead sea, but I really do think there’s a legitimate possibility that Corrado will earn a five-game look with the Canucks to start the season.

  • I was thinking about this last night, and I came to the conclusion that if Frankie Corrado gets an invite, it could mean that Edler’s on the move.

    The reason for that being the fact that with Edler in the line-up. There is no way Corrado would crack the line-up, and the Canucks aren’t going to keep one of their top defensive prospects in the pressbox when he could be developing playing big minutes in the OHL.

    If Edler is traded, Garrison would switch over to the left, Tanev would move up to the right side on that second pairing, and a right sided 3rd pairing slot would be open. Corrado would be the only logical fit for that position. It wouldn’t be a Ballard trade because I don’t think the Canucks would want to rookie defensemen on the third pairing, nor would they be willing to bump Garrison down to the third in order to accommodate a rookie on the bottom two pairings.

    Course, I might be completely wrong too, but if the Canucks are bringing him in with the idea of giving him a legitimate shot, then it has to mean Edler’s on the move.

  • Given MG’s comments regarding experimentation for the shortened season, I would guess this is just a confidence booster for a deserving prospect that undeservingly got cut from Team Canada. Plus, it fills out the camp roster. The coaches need enough guys to have proper scrimmages, etc.

    Also, not sure if Cam Barker and Vandemeer have been confirmed as invites for camp, so maybe only one, or none of them will actually get an invite if enough guys are available from within the organization.