With the Canucks staying remarkably healthy along the blue-line roughly a third of the way through the NHL season, there’s been no need to recall first-year pro Frank Corrado — arguably the NHL’s top prospect. When one of the Canucks’ defenders does go down — and you know it’s inevitable — it’s reassuring to know he can fill in just about anywhere. Corrado, like Chris Tanev, is one of those rare right-shot D-men who’s comfortable playing on the left side as well. Usually it’s the lefties that have to shift over to their off-wing because there are roughly twice as many of them in the league. “I played junior on the left side my whole career, so I could jump in on the left if I had to,” said Corrado on Thursday at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre where the Canucks Utica Comets farm club practised on Thursday. The Comets visit the Heat for games Friday and Saturday (7 p.m.) “There are some advantages to the left side, more on the offensive side of the game,” Corrado continued. “You can walk into the middle a little quicker, get your stick to the middle (to block) the shot. There are pros and cons.” Corrado, a fifth-round pick (150th) in the 2011 entry draft, opened a lot of eyes last spring when he was in the Canucks’ lineup not even three weeks after his OHL junior season ended in April. Playing ahead of some vets, he got into the final three regular-season games and all four in the playoffs. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder displayed a terrific first pass, a surprising shot from the point and calmness beyond someone who’d just turned 20. But, after a good summer of training and a solid training camp, Corrado was assigned to the AHL — a call that surprised some but was the right one for the youngster’s long-term benefit.
Canucks prospect Frank Corrado close to playing in the show
Vancouver Province | Nov 30