Cornet. Photo courtesy of Steven Christy Photography www.stevenchristyphotography.com
For Philippe Cornet, it ain’t easy being green. As the Oklahoma City Barons began play last season the youthfulness of the squad was apparent. And all eyes were on Teemu Hartikainen and Linus Omark, the most prized possessions in the Oilers pipeline (or is it pipe dream? I can’t remember). Somewhat lost in the shuffle was Cornet, who also was in his rookie season, and out to prove that he belonged in the green pastures of professional leagues. For a rookie at any professional league, 7 goals and 16 assists in 60 games is quite admirable. Despite some injuries, Cornet showed flashes of quick footwork, and tenacity.
Through the Oilers Young Stars Tourney and the early preseason games, Cornet seemed poise to avoid the sophomore slump. He appears to have bulked up and found a new level of quickness that we saw inconsistently last year, but were well aware of.
As he begins his second season in Oklahoma City, I’ve favored him to double his totals from last season. And, if he remains healthy, he’ll become a vital part of success on the farm in season two.