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Future Watch: Philippe Cornet

21-year-old winger is off to a hot start in OKC with seven goals in eight games

Thursday, 03.11.2011 / 1:05 PM / Future Watch
By Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com
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Future Watch: Philippe Cornet
Philippe Cornet (Photo by Steven Christy Photography).
When the Oklahoma City Barons opened the 2011-2012 season it was no secret that they’d have their fair share of scoring talent. But one of the biggest surprises in that department is second year pro Philippe Cornet.

After being a healthy scratch in OKC’s season opener, the 6-0, 196 pound winger has scored seven goals in eight games to start this season. Last season, he recorded seven goals in 60 games.

Despite him nearing his goal total from last season in the first five games of the season, Cornet, a former 5th round (133rd overall) pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2008 Draft, isn’t thinking about the numbers.

"To be honest, I don’t really think about it," Cornet said. "The main thing I was thinking about was getting the first (goal), because the first one is always the hardest to get. Once you get the first one, you just get on a roll and everything goes well."

As he continues to see extensive time on the ice, Cornet says he doesn’t want to change the way he’s playing by getting caught up in his performance.

"I just don’t want to change my game… Just play the same way I’ve been playing. I’m playing good defensively, blocking some shots and getting some chances offensively and I just got to capitalize on those."

The fast start by Cornet is a credit to the young forward’s offseason work ethic.

"I just wanted to come back (to OKC) and prove that I’m a good player on a regular basis with this team, in this league and make a difference every game," Cornet said. "This summer I worked harder than ever on my skating and I just think it pays off right now and I’m really happy about it."

Cornet is one year older, one year more mature and one year better than where he was last season. It’s something that head coach Todd Nelson has noticed right away.

"I think that’s it," Nelson said. "One year maturity… Like I said, he put in a good summer where he trimmed down a bit, he worked on his legs, he got a bit faster and that was one of the things we identified going into the summer, he has to get that extra gear to pull away from guys and right now he’s achieved that. It’s paying off for him."

The most improved part of Cornet’s game may be his physical presence at the net. Which is where he is getting the majority of his scores.

"That’s one of the things I wasn’t doing last year. Just driving the net and just beating the defenseman one on one and I just got to do that more this year. I think I get rewarded that way. If I don’t drive the net, it’s harder to get goals. Like most of the goals I’ve scored are in the crease or in the slot."

Forwards


Name age GP G A P +/- PIM team
Cameron Abney   20 4 1 1 2 1 37 Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Mark Arcobello   23 9 1 4 5 0 4 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   24 17 2 3 5 -1 4 Novokuznetsk Metallurg
Philippe Cornet   21 8 7 1 8 4 5 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   19 8 5 3 8 10 11 Kootenay ice (WHL)
Travis Ewanyk   18 - - - - - - edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Josh Green   33 9 3 6 9 4 2 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Curtis Hamilton   19 5 0 1 1 0 0 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Teemu Hartikainen   21 9 4 3 7 2 0 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Tanner House   25 7 0 1 1 0 7 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kellen Jones   21 9 4 5 9 0 14 quinnipiac university
Ryan Keller   27 9 3 5 8 2 8 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Milan Kytnar   22 2 1 1 2 2 10 stockton thunder (echl)
Ryan Martindale   20 5 0 1 1 -1 0 stockton thunder (ECHL)
Ryan O'Marra   24 8 2 1 3 3 11 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kristians Pelss   19 16 6 2 8 6 24 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 8 1 2 3 1 0 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Toni Rajala   20 13 3 2 5 -8 4 ilves tampere (sm-liiga)
Liam Reddox   25 15 5 5 10 -5 12 vaxjo hc (SEL)
Tobias Rieder   18 14 9 7 16 6 8 kitchener rangers (OHL)
Hunter Tremblay   25 9 2 3 5 1 13 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Antti Tyrvainen   22 6 0 1 1 4 2 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Chris VandeVelde   24 9 1 2 3 2 4 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Defencemen
Name age GP G A P +/- PIM team
Kyle Bigos   22 6 1 4 5 0 16 merrimack college
Jeremie Blain   19 15 3 10 13 4 26 acadie-bathurst titan (QMjhl)
Taylor Chorney   24 - - - - - - oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Brandon Davidson   20 17 5 9 14 10 27 regina pats (wHL)
Martin Gernat   18 16 6 12 18 8 6 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Oscar Klefbom   18 10 0 0 0 2 0 farjestads bk karlstad (SEL)
Martin Marincin   19 12 1 7 8 3 15 prince george cougars (WHL)
Johan Motin   22 7 0 2 2 3 6 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
David Musil   18 17 1 9 10 7 41 vancouver giants (WHL)
Jeff Petry   23 2 0 1 1 1 2 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Alex Plante   22 8 0 1 1 0 35 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Dillon Simpson   18 8 0 0 0 0 0 u. of north dakota
Colten Teubert   21 9 2 2 4 3 18 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Goalies
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
Tyler Bunz   19 15 11 4 0 2.33 .929 medicine hat tigers (WHL)
Yann Danis   30 6 4 2 0 2.17 .927 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Samu Perhonen   18 - - - - - -
Olivier Roy   20 4 0 3 1 2.99 .897 stockton thunder (echl)
Frans Tuohimaa   20 4 4 0 0 2.50 .911 jokerit helsinki (sm-liiga)
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