Yesterday, the Oklahoma City Barons, in accordance with the Edmonton Oilers, re-assigned both Ryan Martindale and Philippe Cornet to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.
Martindale, plagued by an early season knee injury, apparently is at full strength. Impressive out of camp, he heads back to an ECHL destination where he spent virtually his entire rookie pro season last year. I’m anxious to see how he does. The coaching staff in OKC seemed willing to use him in roles that really played to Ryan’s strengths, mainly in the face off circle. But with a guy like Tanner House doing those things well, it appears that for now they’ll give Martindale some ice time in the ECHL.
Cornet, a dandy of a scorer in the ECHL earlier this season, just can’t find the same scoring touch in the AHL. And with a stacked lineup in OKC, finding ice time to do so has been difficult. His minutes have dwindled, and so has his confidence. More than any other prospect, Cornet seems the most questionable moving forward. Most believe he’s given us enough of a glimpse into his world of skills to render himself potentially done as an Oiler/Baron.
Yet the real head scratcher is that the Barons continue to ice a CHL guy in Erick Lizon, while sending a winger like Cornet down. But if we’ve learned anything during this AHL effected NHL lockout season — weird stuff happens.
Update: Saturday, Cornet scored the opening goal for the Stockton Thunder against the Las Wranglers. Martindale, finished with three shots on net. The Thunder play their next game on New Year’s Eve at home against Utah.
The Edmonton Oilers re-assigned forwards Philippe Cornet and Ryan Martindale to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, Barons General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Cornet, a 6-0, 196-pounder from Val-Senneville, PQ was assigned to Oklahoma City on November 22. He played in eight games with the Barons. He returns to Stockton where he has 19 points (8-11-19) and is +8. 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 135 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.
Martindale, a 6-3, 207-pounder from Oshawa, Ontario has played in seven games this season with the Barons, registering three assists. The Oilers 3rd round draft choice (61st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has played in 57 games as a pro between Oklahoma City and Stockton. In those games, he has 20 points (6-14-20).