Canucks Sign Former Draft Pick Joe Cannata

Posted: March 21, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Vancouver Canucks

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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

SEASON TEAM GP W L T OT SO GA SA SV% GAA MIN
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
2007-2008 UNITED STATES-WJ18-A 2 1 1 0 0 7 47 3.50 120
2008-2009 MERRIMACK COLLEGE-H-EAST 23 7 11 4 2 53 .918 2.35 1,353
2009-2010 MERRIMACK COLLEGE-H-EAST 24 10 13 1 2 69 3.04 1,362
2010-2011 MERRIMACK COLLEGE-H-EAST 39 25 10 4 1 93 1,040 .911 2.48 2,252
2011-2012 MERRIMACK COLLEGE-H-EAST 36 17 12 7 2 79 .925 2.18 2,179
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