Tomorrow night’s game at Xcel will be a special one for Pat Cannone.
Cannone, the 30-year-old AHL journeyman, will make his long-awaited NHL debut when the Wild host the Avs in Minnesota, per the Star-Tribune.
What’s more, the debut comes after his first-ever NHL recall.
A former Miami (Ohio) University forward, Cannone went undrafted but transitioned quickly to the pro game, making his American League debut with Binghamton in ’10-11. He spent a few years with the Sens organization before getting traded to the Blues, then spent a few more years playing for St. Louis’ AHL affiliate in Chicago.
This past summer, Cannone signed with the Wild and was dispatched to the minors during the preseason.
Along the way, he’s become a pretty good scorer. He netted a career-high 20 goals and 52 points last season for the Wolves — in addition to serving as team captain, he was also named the AHL All-Star Game MVP — and this year, has 16 points in 29 games for Iowa.
It’s fitting that his debut comes under Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau.
An AHL legend — he’s still one of the top goalscorers in league history — Boudreau spent considerable time as a minor league coach before making the jump to the bigs. He spent 17 seasons in the IHL, ECHL and AHL before scoring the Caps gig in 2007, when he was 52 years old.