Of all the days to release a roster change, the Barons/Oilers choose Thanksgiving mid-morning. Yet the world does not stop spinning merely because I eat pecan pie. So we move to a bit of hockey news.
What originally was expected to be an announcement that coincided with Cam Abney and Toni Rajala a few days ago, the Barons have brought in Philippe Cornet. He’ll meet the team in Charlotte where they’ll play the Checkers on Saturday and Sunday.
There’s no denying that I like Philippe Cornet. His rookie season was so-so, but he followed it up with a whale of an opening to his sophomore season. It was the offseason prior to the 2011-12 season that impressed me the most. He bulked up. He skated with more purpose. He became fond of shooting the puck. I semi-assumed he’d play good, but never dreamed he’d be AHL All-Star caliber.
But the cold hard fact is that Cornet has little life left within the Oilers organization. A brief good moment isn’t enough for NHL future casting. So, of course, he was sent packing to Stockton following camp this October. Partly because there was no room in the roster in OKC during the lockout, Cornet was demoted to the ECHL. I wasn’t a fan of this decision, but such is the grind of minor league prospects.
But he’s back, and ready to make a splash. Some have considered him trade bait with another often criticized Oiler/Baron, Alex Plante. Will it happen? Likely not until the lockout is solved, and that gives a tad more breathing room for both guys. Keep an eye on this. I’ll do the same.
Official release by the team:
The Edmonton Oilers assigned forward Philippe Cornet to the Oklahoma City Barons, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Cornet, a 6-0, 196-pounder from Val-Senneville, PQ was assigned to Stockton at the beginning of the season. For the season, he has 19 points (8-11-19) and is +8. His 19 points is second on the Stockton roster and good for a tie for 10th in the ECHL. He leads Stockton with four power-play goals. Cornet, the Oilers 5th round draft choice (133rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has played the previous two seasons with the Barons. In 127 games, he has 60 points (31-29-60). Last season, he led the Barons in goals with 24 and was named to the Western Conference AHL All Star Squad.