Frank Corrado, despite not being terrible, gets cut from Team Canada

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.

In fact, that’s exactly how Corrado took it, responding on Twitter with grace and humility.

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.

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12 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    December 13, 2012

    as a requirement of being part of Nucks Nation, my expectations for Corrado are now SKY-Y-Y HIGH

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    • Kelvin Yu
      December 13, 2012

      IF HE DOESN’T BECOME THE NEXT NICKLAS LIDSTROM HE WILL BE A BUST

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  2. Mr. Jimmy
    December 13, 2012

    Based on this performance in camp, what would he have had to have done to make the team? Or were there some lapses in some of the non-offensive areas in his game?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 13, 2012

      I’m not sure if he could have performed any better. The depth on defence for Team Canada this year is unreal. There’s speculation that they were looking for a bit more size in a seventh defenceman, hence picking the 6’2″ Tyler Wotherspoon over the 6’0″ Corrado. I’m not sure that’s the reason. I just think Corrado had a tough hill to climb to get past all of the more highly regarded defencemen ahead of him.

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    • Nee
      December 13, 2012

      Talk on twitter (Drance I think it was?) that Ryan Murphy has more offensive up-side.

      Still, Bob Mackenzie and Ray Ferraro both said that they thought he was a lock to make the team, so that was disappointing to see him get cut.

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  3. Pukeko
    December 13, 2012

    I feel badly for Corrado, along with the others left out today. He had a good camp and subway series, and hopefully the experience of being involved in the Hockey Canada high performance set up will bouy him along for some future top end performances. I would have suspected that steady, no nonsense 2-way play and a penchant for the “clutch” would have made him an ideal 7th defenseman to come in if there was an injury. I suppose that in a short tournament (like the WJ’s), with scoring goals at a premium a d-man with a little more flash fits the bill- enter Ryan Murphy.
    Alas- there is always room in the NHL (if/when it returns) for that sort of player.
    Good job Frankie, you were unlucky in many regards- see you in the Canucks camp.

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  4. Kevin
    December 13, 2012

    No surprise, Ryan Murphy gets the call by his own coach despite being a liability defensively…If Canada finishes out of the medals Spott will have himself to blame.

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  5. Kevin
    December 13, 2012

    Awaiting moderation after an hour :) Nothing offensive it’s just homerism, no one will remember my comment after the tournament starts. Defensive wins championships. Size queens went out with Pat Quin, Gerald Diduck and Dana Murzyn…just sayin’. What I wouldn’t trade to have Doug Lidster (Rangers) for one of those two pylons in 1994.

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  6. the real bob
    December 14, 2012

    I don’t know if Sprott and the rest of Canada were watching the same training camp…

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  7. Mt
    December 14, 2012

    I’m curious if he’s the first reserve D-man if there is an injury or the NHL starts up. He could play yet.

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  8. Idebenone
    December 16, 2012

    Wow. I’m shocked at how much people are underestimating Harrington. He was AWESOME in last years world juniors. He didn’t put up many points but he was easily their best defensive d man last world juniors. Like jager bomb said Harrington is a lock, it’s not even up for discussion. Dumba IMO could be the guy Corrado beats out to get onto the team. Or Corrado could end up being the 7th d man. Either way I’m pumped to see Corrado get an invite.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 16, 2012

      This comment appears to be about a week late to the discussion, which makes me wonder if you are a time traveller. If so, I’m confused as to why you would only travel one week into the future. Wouldn’t you want to go far enough ahead so that there’s at least a chance of jet packs?

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