Joe Cannata gets new Canucks mask to finish out year
Vancouver Canucks prospect Joe Cannata is having a solid season as one of the AHL’s Utica Comets two starting netminders this year – and although his contract is due to expire at the end of spring, a new mask by Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt could be a sign he’s looking to make a return next year.
Cannata’s new mask is similar in design to the mask he wore earlier in the year, although the green accents in the design have been moved to the top of the mask rather than along the sides, below the Canucks logo that has been featured on each of his last masks with the AHL’s Comets.
It’s a simple design that contrasts a sketched look for the greyscale Canucks logo with metallic logos and accents to keep the mask from looking too busy, and looks remarkably similar to the mask that fellow starter Richard Bachman has donned recently. Yet again, Gunnarsson managed to excel in the detail work, with an almost scale-esque pattern to the Canucks orca on each side of the mask and quiet accents to Cannata’s newest design.
A former sixth round pick of the Canucks, Cannata is currently in his fourth full season within Vancouver’s system, where he’s posted a .909 save percentage in all situations and recorded a 19-12-5 record for the AHL’s Comets.
After a season that saw the former Merrimack starter shuttled to the ECHL to get starts due to depth chart crowding, it’s nice to see the Massachusetts native playing well – although with questions about where Yale netminder Alex Lyon will sign, Thatcher Demko headed for the pros soon, and a year left on Richard Bachman’s deal for Vancouver, it’s hard to tell where exactly Cannata could fall in the team’s system next year. Hopefully, a new mask is a sign that Cannata is coming back next year, but it’s too early to tell for sure.