How does one find themselves on Canucks.com’s Triple Crown? Register five points in a game, sit second in your league in goals, and score timely goals on top of being a physical presence. Three Vancouver Canucks prospects did just that in October.
1). Frankie Corrado, Sudbury Wolves, Ontario Hockey League
Corrado continues to add notches to his belt of accomplishments. The Canucks fifth-round selection in the 2011 draft was recently named to the OHL All-Star team that will compete against Team Russia in the CHL Subway Series in November. The captain of the Sudbury Wolves (7-8-0-1) picked up 12 points (1-11-12) in 11 games in October, including an incredible five assist night on October 26th against Niagara. Corrado finished the month with nine points (1-8-9) in his final four games, including seven points in his final three games, earning him the distinction of OHL Player of the Week. Corrado currently sits fourth overall in the OHL in assists (15), and third among defensemen in points (16).
2). Nicklas Jensen, AIK, Elitserien (Sweden)
The Canucks first-round selection in the 2011 draft has not slowed down one bit in his first season playing with AIK (6-12) in the Swedish Elite League. Jensen picked up seven points (5-2-7) in 11 games in October for a season total of 11 points (8-3-11) in 17 games. The Denmark-native is currently second in the SEL in goals (8, first among junior-aged players), third in power play goals (3), and fourth in game-winning goals (2).
3). Zack Kassian, Chicago Wolves, American Hockey League
Kassian showed glimpses of his ability to take over a game with his physicality and offensive skills in October. The 6-foot-3 power-forward finished the month with a Chicago Wolves-high four goals, five points, and 20 penalty minutes. Kassian’s game went to new heights in a two game series in Abbotsford on October 19th and 20th, when the native of Windsor, Ontario, scored a goal, had a fight, and threw numerous big hits in both games. Kassian scored the game-opening goal in four of the Wolves (5-2-1-0) eight games in October.
Honourable Mention: Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls, OHL
Gaunce picked up seven points (4-3-7) and a plus-2 rating in seven games in October for his Belleville Bulls (8-4-1-0), bringing his totals to nine points (4-5-7) in 11 games this season. The Canucks first-round selection in the 2012 draft was named to the OHL all-star team that will compete in the CHL Subway Series against Team Russia in November, however shortly after the announcement, it was determined Gaunce would miss the next three to six weeks with a separated shoulder.
-Kevin Connauton is off to a solid start in Chicago, currently leading all Wolves defensemen with four points (2-2-4) in eight games, while also leading the team with 22 shots.
-Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack went the first five periods of the season without allowing a goal and finished October with a 4-2 record to go along with a 2.74 goals-against average, .910 save-percentage, and one shutout.
-The Canucks ECHL affiliate, the Kalamazoo Wings, are off to a great start with a 5-2 record. The Wings are tied atop the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with 10 points.
-Darren Archibald is leading the way for the Wings with six points (3-3-6) in seven games, and also has a solid plus-3 rating along with 14 penalty minutes, and two fights.
-Joe Cannata has joined the Wings for his first full professional season, and has done what he does best, been solid between the pipes. Cannata is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against-average and .944 save-percentage, stopping 67 of 71 shots faced this season.
-Defenseman Jeremy Price kicked off his senior season at Colgate University (4-3-0) with five points (1-4-5) in seven games in October.
-Pathrik Westerholm is off to a great start with Bofors (12-5) in the Allsvenskan (Sweden) with 10 points (3-7-10) in 14 games, already passing last season’s points total (9) in 30 fewer games.
-Alexandre Grenier continues his strong play with EC Red Bull Salzburg (7-10) in Austria. The 6-foot-5 forward registered five points in eight games with a plus-3 rating in October, bringing his season total to nine points (3-6-9) in 14 games with a plus-8 rating.