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Philippe Cornet. A bastion of hope that the Oilers farm club is indeed churning out future NHLers. Or not. Today, the Oil announced the recall of recent AHL All-Star, Philippe Cornet. The 2008 fifth rounder is the Barons only current 20 goal scorer. He’s riding a shooting percentage of nearly 33%. He plays on what is considered the top scoring line for the Barons. Thus, on paper, he has deserved a callup. And for as bad as the Oilers have played lately, finding a young spark might do the big club some good. But there is more to the Cornet story than just a nice, slightly erroneous score sheet. A healthy dose of perspective is needed.
Coming out of camp, Cornet was the most impressive returnee. He bulked up and sped up in the off season. In October, I picked him to be my darkhorse showman this season. Indeed, through nearly 40 games he’s done me a solid.
Cornet has found top line combos for the first half of the season. He’s usually centered by Mark Arcobello or Josh Green, two guys that are beyond solid at that position in the minor leagues. They are natural players makers as well. You place Hartikainen in that same spot and he’s probably a 20 goal guy at the midway point as well (He still might have been if not for the shoulder injury). Now there’s nothing scientifically accurate to prove this point, but my eyes tell me that Cornet is getting top line treatment with really solid playmakers around him. Is Cornet successful by association? I believe that he is.