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Future Watch: Philippe Cornet

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers
Philippe Cornet was selected in the 5th round (133rd overall) in the 2008 NHL entry draft from the Rimouski Oceanics of the Quebec Major Junior League.  The 6’1”, 189 lb. Quebec native, attended his second training camp with the Oilers this past September and is clearly showing signs of growth and confidence. 

“He can navigate the ice well, and he’s got good instincts, of course.” said Oilers Assistant coach Tom Renney.  “He’s one of those guys that you can see that the hockey sense is certainly an asset, without a doubt.”

Cornet says that he has to work on his scoring touch and feels that he still has to be stronger.

“When you skate with pros everything is faster, stronger, and everything is better.” said Cornet. “If you can follow them, and compete with those guys when you go back to junior, it helps you. You’re a step higher than everyone over there.”

Cornet was sent down to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL, on September 17, 2009. So far, he is off to an impressive start, leading the Huskies in goals scored and is second in points. He has played 17 games and currently sits in fifth spot in points in the QMJHL, with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 total points.  Half of his goals so far have come on the power play and has one game winner and one shootout winning goal.  For Cornet, this is right where he should be. He scored fifteen goals on the power play last year, along with two short-handed goals. 

He is eligible for the Canadian WJC team this year but needs to prove that he belongs, as there are several other strong players also fighting for a spot on the roster.  While mustering up points may be second nature for Cornet, he must find a way to start winning face-offs.  So far he has only won 14 face-offs and has a 21.4 winning percentage.

We’ll keep our eye on Philippe Cornet in the coming weeks in the QMJHL, and hope to see him in a Team Canada jersey playing in the 2010 World Junior Championships.  The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are currently 10-6-2-1 which places them the fifth spot in the QMJHL standings with 23 points.

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