The disappointment that engulfs the final cuts at Team Canada’s world junior selection camp can seem so cruel.
Take one of Canada’s final cuts, Frankie Corrado, who had a compelling underdog story that captured the hopes of despondent Vancouver Canucks fans for a day, or three.
He was a 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Canucks who conquered long odds just to get an invite to the camp.
He knew it. He joked in one interview leading into the tryout about how out of place his tagline — fifth-round pick — looked amidst the draft day studs who lined the list of Team Canada’s 37 hopefuls.
In other words, just being there was something special.
But Corrado did what any one of us would dream of doing. The defenceman took his opportunity and he made something of it.
He flexed his steady, all-around defensive play, the stuff that got him there, and added offensive flair, scoring two goals in two exhibition games....