Jordan Eberle and Philippe Cornet

Jonathan Willis
October 12 2009 02:23PM

Rather than continuing to dwell on what the recall of Taylor Chorney means for the Oilers, I've decided to look for positives.  Fortunately for me, the Oilers have a pair of them in junior hockey right now: Jordan Eberle and Philippe Cornet.

We'll start with Eberle.

Eberle's only played five games with the Regina Pats so far this year, but he's been dominant offensively, scoring seven goals and adding five assists to go along with a plus four rating.  Eberle managed a hat-trick on October 7th, with all of those goals coming on special teams: two on the powerplay, one short-handed.  Oddly enough, he has yet to score at even-strength at all, with three powerplay goals on the season and two short-handed goals.  It's going to be interesting to see if Eberle can keep up the pace, and fun to watch him at this years World Juniors.

The other positive is the play of Philippe Cornet, who has played 12 games and currently sits second in the entire QMJHL in both goals (10) and points (19).  Cornet is eligible for the Canadian WJC team this year but needs to prove that he belongs there, and so far it looks like he's doing that.  Half of his goals have come with the man advantage; this isn't terribly surprising as he scored fifteen goals on the power play last year, along with two short-handed goals.  His shooting percentage has jumped (probably unsustainably) from the 12% - 15% range up to 20%.  The only negative right now is Cornet's woeful faceoff record - just 23.1% on thirteen draws. 

Other prospects (Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, Teemu Hartikainen, and Toni Rajala have all had strong starts) have played well, but so far the Oilers must be ecstatic with the production of these two.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 Archaeologuy
October 12 2009, 02:52PM
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I'm still getting used to the idea that the Oilers have drafted well over the last 3-4 years. A list of prospects that doesnt end after last year's first rounder is mind boggling for me. My excitement for the future might actually be grounded in realism for once.

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#2 Muji 狗
October 12 2009, 03:04PM
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The curse of Schremp has been lifted from this team. May our prospects prosper.

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#3 rindog
October 12 2009, 03:40PM
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Is it a bad thing to score goals on the PP?

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#4 Paq Twinn
October 12 2009, 03:51PM
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Its good to hear that our picks aren't flopping. Just curious, how big is P.Cornet, and what hand does he shoot?

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#5 Oilersordeath
October 12 2009, 03:59PM
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Just an FYI Kotalik has three goals more than any Oiler, can you fu%&ing beleive that? Go Figure. Thats great news about the kids! Good to see them tearing it up.

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#6 Darren
October 12 2009, 04:54PM
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Okay, I looked up these guys' stats just cause I was curious and thought I'd share:

Tony Rajala - Brandon Wheat Kings - WHL

4GP - 2G 3A 5P +4

M.P.S. - Timra IK - SEL

8GP - 3G 3A 6P

That's pretty freakin' sweet, if you ask me, especially since M.P.S. is playing against men in the Swedish Elite League, so his stats are bound to be a little lower than playing in juniors.

Keep it up, Oilers draftees!!

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#9 freeze
October 12 2009, 09:25PM
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How is Omark doing over in the KHL?

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#10 IvyEyezPK
October 12 2009, 10:16PM
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@freeze

4 goals 3 assists in 14 games; -3. He's playing on the 2nd line.

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#11 IvyEyezPK
October 12 2009, 10:24PM
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Petry is off to a pretty solid start. He seems a lot more 'grittier'; looking like a great leader. It's nice to see him finally get that honor by having a letter on his jersey. I can't wait to see this kid with the Falcons, or the Oilers.

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#12 ScadderBrain
October 12 2009, 10:53PM
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Yeah i've heard nothing but great things about petry, lets hope that transfers over to the big league

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#13 Chad
October 13 2009, 02:02PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

Just an FYI Kotalik has three goals more than any Oiler, can you fu%&ing beleive that? Go Figure. Thats great news about the kids! Good to see them tearing it up.

The Oilers have 7 players with 4 or more points in the 5 games. Every player has at least a point except Souray and Staios. They have a very balanced attack this year - who really cares what Kotalik is doing.

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#14 Mike
October 13 2009, 09:55PM
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I wouldn't be too worried about Cornet's faceoff percentage - 13 draws in 12 games? Small sample size and it suggest to me he is a winger - and look at that he is! (http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=8392&id_equipe=21)

Good to hear that our prospects are doing well though. Hopefully they can continue their upward progression in the months (and years) to come.

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