One thing that is painfully clear in Kevin Bieksa's absence, besides the Canucks' win-loss record without him this season, is the lack of a right-handed shot on defence. They ice all lefties in Bieksa and Chris Tanev's absences. So, with only 3 games left in the season, they have decided to call up right-shooting defenceman Frank Corrado from the Chicago Wolves. To this I say: why the hell not? They have clinched a playoff spot, and pretty much the Northwest Division title as well, so why not experiment? Clearly, Cam Barker is on the outs with this decision. He has, in my opinion, degraded as time has gone on with his time here.
TSN's Farhan Lalji tweeted late tonight that Corrado's agent said that the call-up is about to happen.
Corrado is listed as 6'2" and 191 pounds. The 20 year-old native of Toronto was drafted in the 5th round by the Canucks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
His career stats:
Corrado has seen a lot of movement this season. In the Ontario Hockey League, he scored 6 goals and 27 points with the Sudbury Wolves. He was then traded to the Kitchener Rangers, where he registered 1 goal and 18 points in 28 games (and a +21). The Canucks then assigned him to the Chicago Wolves, where he has only played 2 games and registered 2 assists.
Now Corrado finds himself in the NHL and possibly playing his first NHL game against the bastard Chicago Blackhawks. What a crazy season for him!
Does it matter that he has no NHL experience? Not at all! In today's NHL, youth is served. The Canucks need a better option than Barker should injuries happen during the playoffs. Corrado could be that guy.
Get to know Frankie better through the eyes of CorradoTube:
Woa! Check out this end to ender by Corrado:
Some Corrado highlights:
So at the NHL level, I think we can expect Corrado to play the 5-6 role. We can expect defensive responsibility and also some feistiness. It looks as though he possesses a hell of a shot but I don't see Alain Vigneault playing this kid too much except those bottom minutes.
Go Frankie Go! Welcome to the big league!
Corrado has a Twitter account. You can follow him here.