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Prospect watch: Frank Corrado

by Ronil Desai / Vancouver Canucks

“Leads it up for Sudbury racing down the left side now going to the right he shoots and scores, what a shot,” says play by play analyst Greg Sloan.

The man responsible for this coast-to-coast play goes by the name of Frankie Corrado, a right-wing defenceman selected in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL Entry draft by the Vancouver Canucks.

The 18-year old is having a stellar season in the Ontario Hockey league for the Sudbury Wolves and his level of play has him fourth in the league’s plus/minus department with a +28 rating. To compare his plus/minus of +28, Corrado was a -7 at the end of January last season and will look to finish on the positive end for the first time in his career with the Wolves.

He leads all Wolves defenceman with a team-high 25 points through 50 games. Last year, he registered a career best 30 points in 67 games and there is still a lot of hockey left to be played.

Corrado is in his third season with the Wolves and is displaying tremendous offensive instincts, notching seven of his 21 assists in the month of January alone. Standing at 6-feet and weighing in at 190-pounds, Corrado reads the flow of play in his own end remarkably well, and has the ability to turn on the switch at the right moment.

The defenceman has stacked up 73 penalty minutes and clearly isn’t afraid to drop the gloves in a heated exchange when the team needs a boost.

Serving as the alternate captain and averaging 30 minutes a game, Corrado's leadership is one of the reasons the Sudbury Wolves have enjoyed improved success in the points department this season, trailing two points behind their total of 62 last year with 18 games remaining.

His ability to play in multiple roles is a key reason why he was awarded the Industrial Alliance Player of the Month for the Wolves in October.

Attending his first NHL camp in September, Corrado made his way through rookie camp and in his first pre-season game against the Flames, Corrado served as the high minute man, registering over 20 minutes of ice-time, only behind defenceman Andrew Alberts who is in his seventh year in the NHL.

While sporting the Canucks colours, Corrado averaged 20:46 minutes of ice time, blocked four shots and was +1 through two NHL exhibition games. As a result, the Canucks signed the Ontario product an entry-level contract prior to the start of the 2011 - 2012 season.

In addition to his performance, Corrado is a valuable player to the Wolves organization both on and off the ice. The defenceman was awarded the Travelodge hotel community service award in November for his efforts at numerous community-based events.

The Wolves have recorded eight out of a possible ten points in their last five games including an offensive show tallying eight goals in their win against Peterborough. The club currently ranks third in the Central division with 60 points.

There are 18 games remaining, three of which are against divisional rival, Barrie Colts, who trail the Wolves by a single point. If the playoffs started today, these two clubs would face off in the first round with the Wolves holding home-ice advantage.

As the Wolves embark on the final two months of the season, Corrado has earned noteworthy recognition for his great deal of poise and is expected to play an integral role down the stretch in pursuit of top spot in the Central Division.

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