2008-09: Pat Cannone skated in 41 games as a sophomore for Miami University. He was the RedHawks second-leading scorer with 11 goals and 24 assists and was +4 with 16 PMs. Cannone scored 5 of his 11 goals on the power play.
2009-10: Cannone appeared in all 44 games for Miami University as a junior as the RedHawks won the CCHA regular season title for the first time. He scored 14 goals with 17 assists and was an even plus/minus with 22 PMs. Ten of his 14 goals were scored with the man-advantage.
2010-11: Cannone made his professional debut with AHL Binghamton after completing his college career at Miami University. After signing a one-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa in April 2011, he skated in two games with Binghamton and scored 1 goal with 1 assist with an even/plus minus and 2 PMs. He did not appear in any playoff games during the team’s Calder Cup run. Cannone was a key force for the RedHawks as a senior co-captain – scoring 14 goals with 23 assists and finishing +10 with 25 PMs. Miami, after finishing third in the regular season, won the CCHA’playoff title. Cannone scored 7 of his 14 goals on the Miami power play.
2011-12: Cannone skated for Ottawa AHL affiliate Binghamton in his first pro season. One of two players to play in all 76 games (leading scorer Mike Hoffman was the other one), Cannone was Binghamton’s third-leading scorer with 19 goals and 24 assists and was minus-seven with 32 penalty minutes. Binghamton missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the East Division. Cannone was re-signed a two-year contract by Ottawa in May, 2012.
2012-13: Cannone played 74 games for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in his second pro season. He scored 10 goals with 15 assists and was +21 with 41 penalty minutes. Binghamton finished second in the East Division and was swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round playoff series. Cannone was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He was acquired by the Blues in July 2013 in a trade with Ottawa.
Cannone has demonstrated a solid two-way game with inconsistent offensive output. He demonstrated a nose for offense in college, and could become a valuable depth center if he continues to develop that side of his game. His skating and two-way game will keep him afloat in the AHL, but he will need to progress in other facets to take his career to the next level.
Cannone played with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL for the past two seasons. While he demonstrated good offensive skill during his rookie year, he was unable to find the same success in 2012-13. He will be able to fight for a spot with the Blues’ affiliate in 2013-14.