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Frank Corrado Cut, But Could Still Make Team Canada

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Vancouver Canucks prospect and Sudbury Wolves defenceman Frank Corrado was cut from Team Canada for the upcoming 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

Given Corrado’s all-around ability, there was genuine belief he could have made it as the sixth or seventh defenceman.

Hockey Canada named seven defencemen to the team: Dougie Hamilton, Scott Harrington, Ryan Murphy, Xavier Ouellet, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly, and Tyler Wotherspoon.

TSN analyst Bob McKenzie was shocked to find out Corrado did not make the team. He felt it was down to either Wotherspoon or Corrado.

This is not the end of the Canucks fans and Corrado’s dream of representing Canada nationally.

Final rosters are not due until December 25 and if the lockout ends before that, Hamilton and Rielly are players that could be recalled by their NHL clubs. Both players were projected to possibly play in the NHL this season had there not been a lockout. If one or both are recalled, Hockey Canada would have to name replacements.

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke previously said the team would not recall Rielly if he is named to the team. However, if a lockout resolution is reached before December 25 and Hockey Canada is able to name a replacement, why wouldn’t the Leafs exercise their right to recall Rielly?

As the Canadian Press puts it, it will be “a mad dash to playoff berths” in a shortened season and teams will want to ice the best possible team.

 

The full Team Canada roster can be viewed at Editor In Leaf
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