Not long ago, Frank Corrado would have been a long shot to even get invited to Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp, let alone be in the running for a spot on the squad. A stellar season, as well as a fine showing for Team OHL versus Russia in the Subway Super Series, earned him the invite. After that, he let his play do the talking, scoring twice in exhibition while exhibiting his usual strong defence and physicality.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to earn a spot on a very deep blueline for Canada, as he was the first player cut on Thursday.
Even Bob McKenzie was surprised to see Corrado cut, which should come as a massive compliment to the Canucks’ 2011 fifth round draft pick.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 13, 2012
In fact, that’s exactly how Corrado took it, responding on Twitter with grace and humility.
@tsnbobmckenzie thanks Bob, appreciate the kind words, have a good one , wish all the best for Team Canada
— Frank Corrado (@frankcorrado22) December 13, 2012
Despite getting cut, the selection camp has to be considered a success for Corrado. Previously pegged as a defensively responsible two-way guy, Corrado showed his offensive side, scoring the winning goal in the Red vs White scrimmage and scoring the only goal for Canada against the University of Alberta. Those goals, combined with his gamewinner for the OHL against Russia, show that Corrado can produce under pressure.
While disappointing for Corrado, it’s very encouraging for Canucks fans to see a fifth round pick perform at such a high level.Tags: Frankie Corrado, Prospects, World Junior Championship