After a first-round sweep at the hands of San Jose Sharks ended their season, the Vancouver Canucks enter the offseason with a lot of questions. While they maintain and incredibly talented roster and have had more than their fair share of regular season success, they’re still searching for postseason glory. Some of the team’s top young prospects got their first look at NHL action this season, and with a lack of cap space heading into next season, there’s a good chance they’re in line for more.
One of the young players that got a look at the end of the season was defenseman Frank Corrado. There’s a good chance the Canucks may not be able to bring back Chris Tanev, and given the injury problems that have plagued Keith Ballard and Kevin Bieksa the team may turn back to Corrado as a depth blueliner.
An undrafted free agent, Corrado turned pro following his final season in the OHL. He split the season between the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers, and scored a total of seven goals while collecting 45 points. He played just three games in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves before the Canucks came calling, and didn’t look out of place in his first three NHL games. He earned enough trust to see ice time in all four of the team’s playoff games, and if he doesn’t start next season in Vancouver he will undoubtedly be one of the Canucks’ first call-ups in case of injury or poor performance.