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03-21-2012, 12:37 PM
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Canucks sign G Joe Cannata to ELC

Link: http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=623396

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed goaltender Joe Cannata.

Cannata, 22, appeared in 36 games for Merrimack College in 2011.12, posting a record of 17-12-7, goals against average of 2.18 and was named Hockey East Defense Player of the Month for October. Following the season he ranked third in Hockey East and 14th Nationally in goals against average and third in Hockey East and 11th nationally in save percentage. The 6’1”, 200-pound goaltender holds the school’s record for most wins by a goaltender (59) and became the first in Merrimack’s history to post a shutout in his first career game.
He had a pretty sparkling Collegiate career, looking forward to seeing what he can do in the organization!

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03-21-2012, 12:39 PM
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Could he be the next Schneider? Would love to see Lack as a backup in the NHL next year and Cannata splitting time with Climie.

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03-21-2012, 12:42 PM
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Good. This guy has been flying under the radar for a while. He should be able to step into the AHL without any problems, the question is what we're doing with Schnieder and Lack.

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Good. I think this is our next starting goaltender after Luongo, IMO.

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Good. This guy has been flying under the radar for a while. He should be able to step into the AHL without any problems, the question is what we're doing with Schnieder and Lack.
Not really under the radar:
http://www.windsorstar.com/sports/Ca...732/story.html

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He really has a Schneider/Howard development curve going. Canucks probably will leave him for 2+ years in the AHL similar to those two before bringing him up. Good pick.

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Is Cannata really comparable to Schneider or that just hopeful thinking?

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03-21-2012, 01:12 PM
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Great news.

Compares favorably to Jon Quick.

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Is Cannata really comparable to Schneider or that just hopeful thinking?
He doesn't have the same pedigree as Schneider, but he's still a good prospect.

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Good. This guy has been flying under the radar for a while. He should be able to step into the AHL without any problems, the question is what we're doing with Schnieder and Lack.
That question won't be answered until after the playoffs. If Luongo has a poor playoff (or if his personal situation dictates a move) I can see the canucks turning the page and looking towards a Schneider (#1) and Lack (#2) tandem to start the year. If Lack struggles they may look towards a more experienced back up. But likely Schneider gets moved and Lack gets a shot at being back up.

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I'm glad, there's a Cannata related freak out going on over Twitter that's rather enjoyable

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Comparisons to Cam Ward from a Merrimack writer:

http://canucksarmy.com/2012/3/1/deli...ce-joe-cannata

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Mike, which current or former NHL goaltender does Cannata best compare to in terms of playing style?

Tough question. I'd compare him to Cam Ward. I know he's current, but he is just never out of position. He doesn't wow you with flashy saves (most of the time) but that's because he doesn't have to. He stays square to the puck, moves well laterally and makes the stops. Generally speaking, he doesn't get beat on first chances. The past two years, I can really only thing of four or five times he's been beaten on the first shot (and two happened two weekends ago). When teams beat him, it's second, third chances. Greasy goals.

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I'm glad, there's a Cannata related freak out going on over Twitter that's rather enjoyable
Those people are dumb.

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He really has a Schneider/Howard development curve going. Canucks probably will leave him for 2+ years in the AHL similar to those two before bringing him up. Good pick.
Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't Schneider development been pretty predictable. Everytime he reaches a new level he takes 1 year to get into form then dominates?

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Cannata is good, but he's a little short for a goalie. Most top goaltenders are atleast 6'3", those extra 2 inches do matter for a goalie. That's not to say he can't work around this, it's just not as conventional nowadays.

It's nice to have both Lack and Cannata in our system. Cannata is on pace to be "started ready" on the 7th year of Luongo's contract (gives him 2 AHL years and 2 years as an NHL back-up). Could be a nice transition if all goes well?

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Good stuff. Excited to see how he looks at camp next year.

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Cannata is good, but he's a little short for a goalie. Most top goaltenders are atleast 6'3", those extra 2 inches do matter for a goalie. That's not to say he can't work around this, it's just not as conventional nowadays.

It's nice to have both Lack and Cannata in our system. Cannata is on pace to be "started ready" on the 7th year of Luongo's contract (gives him 2 AHL years and 2 years as an NHL back-up). Could be a nice transition if all goes well?
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Physically, like I said earlier, he can move really well laterally for a bigger guy. He takes up a lot of the net but moves well to protect it too. His biggest weakness is playing the puck.
Cannata's size is a strength of his - plays a sound positional game. Like our two current goalies, he struggles with playing the puck.

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Cannata is good, but he's a little short for a goalie. Most top goaltenders are atleast 6'3", those extra 2 inches do matter for a goalie. That's not to say he can't work around this, it's just not as conventional nowadays.
He's 6'1" and 200lbs (weight might not be up-to-date). Here's some other top goalies:

- Henrik Lundqvist, 6'1" and 195lbs
- Jimmy Howard, 6'0" and 218lbs
- Miikka Kiprusoff, 6'1" and 185lbs
- Jonathan Quick, 6'1" and 214lbs
- Jaroslav Halak, 5'11" and 182lbs

The only top goalies that are 6'3" or taller are Rinne, Luongo, Price, and Rask. There's obviously up-and-coming prospects like Markstrom and Lack that are taller but that doesn't mean much.

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Yeah, in no way is 6'1" too short for being a goalie.

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He's 6'1" and 200lbs (weight might not be up-to-date). Here's some other top goalies:

- Henrik Lundqvist, 6'1" and 195lbs
- Jimmy Howard, 6'0" and 218lbs
- Miikka Kiprusoff, 6'1" and 185lbs
- Jonathan Quick, 6'1" and 214lbs
- Jaroslav Halak, 5'11" and 182lbs

The only top goalies that are 6'3" or taller are Rinne, Luongo, Price, and Rask. There's obviously up-and-coming prospects like Markstrom and Lack that are taller but that doesn't mean much.
Also a few others in years past and present:

- Tim Thomas, 5'11" and 201lbs (I'm sure you have just willed yourself to block this one out.)
- Tuukka Rask, 6'2" and 165lbs
- Cory Schneider, 6'2" and 195lbs
- MAF, 6'2" and 180lbs
- Jaroslav Halak, 5'11" 182lbs
- Martin Brodeur, 6'2" 220lbs

And...

- Cam Ward, 6'1", 185lbs. His comparison, same height.

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oh and Anders Lindbäck is 6'6


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So the Canucks have Cannata from Massachusetts, and the Bruins have Adam Morrison from Vancouver. Nice.

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Him and Lack should be good tandem.

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oh and Anders Lindbäck is 6'6

I love that picture, lol

The taller the goalie the better they have to be technically and usually they struggle when it comes to making the reactionary athletic saves.

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