Performance of the Week: Frank Corrado’s season debut

Frank Corrado in his first NHL game of the season Saturday against the Flames (photo Gerry Kahrmann, PNG)

It’s been another one of those weeks where choosing a Performance of the Week is hard to come by, with one victory and two losses in the last seven days (one loss at the hands of none other than Roberto Luongo), and one goal in the last two games.  Performance of the Week could’ve easily been given to former Canuck Roberto Luongo — and he’d no doubt deserve it — but I’ve already written about him — and he’s not really on this team anymore, so there’s also that.

I’m giving it to Frank Corrado this week, who was called up for the third time this season for Saturday’s buzzkill snoozefest against the Flames. If you didn’t see the game, the Canucks lost in a 1-0 shutout at the hands of AHL goaltender Joni Ortio, who was called up from the Adirondack Flames after Kari Ramo went down with an upper-body injury; the Canucks have a habit of making AHL goaltenders looking like Vezina trophy nominees on numerous occasions — like, every time they’re this position, I swear.

Even though the Canucks lost and, ultimately, were unable to provide any offence, Corrado didn’t look particularly out of place in his first NHL game of the season; he logged a solid 17:30 in ice time and contributed three shots on net out of a total 36 (!!!) for Vancouver.   In 21 games with the Utica Comets, Corrado’s got 8 points (4-4-8) and 50 shots, which isn’t far from his totals in 59 games played last season (6-11-17 and 94 shots on net).   It’s likely we’ll see more from Corrado on the Canucks’ roadtrip and, with Dan Hamhuis expected to return at some point during the trip, Hamhuis’ experience will no doubt be hugely beneficial to Corrado (even if it’s just moral support because, you know, we all need a hug sometimes).

Paired with Luca Sbisa in Saturday’s game, they were paired again during Monday’s practice before jetting off to Nashville to take the on the Preds, who, by the way, are on fire right now. We’ll probably see them again together, should Corrado be in the line-up for this game.

Either way, joining the team on the road trip is valuable experience for the young blue-liner, who’s been on the cusp of cracking the the roster for awhile — well, now he’s got his chance to showcase why he should be here, if not for the rest of this season, then certainly next season.

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