The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they have signed goaltender Joe Cannata to an entry level deal. The Wakefield, MA, native was originally selected in the sixth round, 173rd overall by the Canucks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Cannata, 22, has appeared in 36 games this year for Merrimack College, posting a record of 17-12-7, 2.18 GAA and was named Hockey East Defense Player of the Month for October.
Cannata is a goaltender that plays with loads of confidence and is tremendously calm and focused under pressure. He isn’t one to get rattled easily. Cannata possesses good athleticism and is technically very sound. He is intelligent and follows plays quite well. Cannata also possesses very good hand-eye coordination for a goaltender. He does a good job of playing his angles well and staying square to shooters, but could be a bit more aggressive in challenging them.
Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild currently has him as the 106th top rated goaltending prospect.
CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS
|2007-2008||U.S. NAT’L TEAM DEV. PROGRAM-NAHL||5||3||1||1||0||12||128||.914||2.35||307|
|2007-2008||U.S. NAT’L TEAM DEV. PROGRAM-U-18||28||13||13||2||1||64||2.61||1,474|