Joe Cannata(35) Utica Comets

Joe-Cannata

Vancouver Canucks‘ 6th round pick in the 2009 draft (#173 overall) goalie Joe Cannata(35) finds himself in a bit of a logjam to find any time between the pipes with their minor league affiliate Utica Comets.

The Massachusetts-born net minder is on a one-year contract extension with the parent club and will start down a notch on the pro ladder with Ontario Reign.

He’s played in the league before, appearing in 7 ECHL games in his rookie campaign.

The 6’1″ 200 lbs. backstop spent the entirety of 2013/2014 in the AHL posting a respectable 11-12 record with a 2.83 GAA and .907 SV% on a mostly shaky team.

He also played in 14 games with then farm team Chicago Wolves in his first year and had even slightly better numbers.

The 24-year old played four seasons at Divison 2 Merrimack College putting up stellar totals.

He’ll definitely have to work hard to get back on the radar.

Original story: 10/11-14

The now 25-year old gets another one year extension as Vancouver Canucks look to open up the starter job for affiliate Utica Comets with a goaltender trade before 2015/2016 season starts.

He spent most of his 3rd year in the ECHL with Ontario Reign but was impressive with a 12-6 record and 2.02 GA and .927 SV% in the regular campaign and then he went 4-4 with a 2.33 GA, .904 SV% and a pair of shutouts in the Kelly Cup Playoffs before being eliminated in the Western Conference Final.

In his AHL 2014/2015 season he was a pretty sharp 3-2 with a 1.99 GA and .932 SV% and joined the team as back up through the Calder Cup Final round.

From here it will be interesting to see what he does with a full season workload for the farm club if he gets it. He could easily put himself in a good spot for a first NHL recall.

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