Down to just five healthy defencemen after Andrew Alberts was injured Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks today recalled Frank Corrado from their Utica Comets farm team in the American Hockey League.
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VANCOUVER – Down to just five healthy defencemen after Andrew Alberts was injured Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks today recalled Frank Corrado from their Utica Comets farm team in the American Hockey League.
Corrado, 20, has five points in 29 games with the Comets and is minus-2 with 20 penalty minutes and 43 shots on goal. He was the Canucks' fifth round pick in 2011 NHL entry draft. He is expected to step right into the lineup tonight when the Canucks play host to the Philadelphia Flyers in a 7 p.m. start at Rogers Arena.
Corrado, in his first full year as a professional, played seven games for the Canucks last season, including four in the playoffs, at the conclusion of his junior season. He is listed as 6-2 and 191 pounds.
In an interview with the Vancouver Sun in late November, Corrado had this to say: "When I look at the big picture, I'm 20 years old and I think it's good for your development to play here (in the AHL) in all situations and play a lot of minutes. So it's definitely not tough to have a good attitude. I don't take anything for granted that way. I know the NHL is still in the big picture for me and that's something I'm working towards when I'm down here. You never know how close you really are."
Alex Edler (knee), Ryan Stanton (ankle) and Alberts (concussion) are the Canuck defenceman currently injured, leaving Dan Hamhuis, Chris Tanev, Jason Garrison, Kevin Bieksa, Yannick Weber and now Corrado to face the Flyers.
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