Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Corbeil Nets Invite To Canucks Camp

Former Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender Mathieu Corbeil will be taking part in Vancouver Canucks development camp this week. According to the Canucks website, the five-day camp runs through Canada Day weekend.

Corbeil will be part of Group B who will take to the ice for the first time on Friday morning at Rogers Arena. Other notables taking part in the camp are Alexandre Carrier, Jeremie Blain, and Alexandre Mallet.

The 20-year old was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. He was not signed by the Blue Jackets and was not drafted again, meaning he is free to try and a land a contract elsewhere. An invite to Canucks development camp is certainly a good start.

“Corbeil had excellent numbers the past two seasons for the powerhouse Saint John team, but the club believes the numbers he posted in Halifax prior to coming to the Sea Dogs are a better reflection of his talent,” wrote Chris Roberts of Hockey’s Future on Tuesday. “Regardless, given the lack of goaltending depth in the organization, it is a bit of a surprise that Corbeil wasn’t tendered.”

Corbeil went 37-10-1 with Saint John this past season with a 2.38 goals against average and a 0.911 save percentage. In the playoffs he had a record of 16-0-1 with a 2.18 GAA and a 0.917 save percentage. He was average at the Memorial Cup, going 2-2 with a 3.51 GAA and a 0.881 save percentage.

Canucks development camp has had quite a bit of Sea Dogs flavour over the past few years with Yann Sauve, Steven Anthony, and Karel St. Laurent. None of those players will be at camp this year.

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