Taylor Chorney: Shattered

Taylor Chorney is a minus machine. In his AHL career–spanning 100 games–he is a monstrous -49. So far in his NHL career, which incredibly stands at 44 games–Chorney is -25. It may be genetic, as Marc Chorney went -68 in 210 NHL games during the 1980’s. If the Edmonton Oilers don’t give this guy some time in the minors they’re not paying attention. He is not ready to help an NHL team.

  • Boxcars: 42gp, 0-3-3
  • Shots: 35
  • Plus Minus: -21
  • Corsi (Rel): -13.1 (6th among D’s)  
  • GF/GA ON: 15-34
  • 5×5/60: 0.20 (5th best among D’s)
  • 5×4/60: 2.40 (2nd best among D’s)
  • Quality of Competition: 4th toughest among D’s
  • Quality of Teammates: 4th best among D’s
  • Offensive Zone Start FO %: 39.2% (toughest among D’s)
  • Cap Hit: $942,000
  1. What do these numbers tell us? Two things: Chorney can’t play and the coaches are idiots. Chorney, a raw rookie clearly over his head, enjoyed the toughest zone start among defensemen and top 4 minutes in terms of difficulty and pairing. And although these numbers don’t include Staios, Visnovsky and Grebeshkov (since they were dealt away) Chorney was in fact facing tough opposition in his first full season. Incredible. At what point does a drowning man learn to swim?
  2. How could these numbers be better? He needs more time in the minors but for crying out loud he also needs to be placed in a situation where he can succeed. Whatever the AHL equivalent of middle relief innings are what the doctor ordered.
  3. Did he do anything well? His powerplay number was good in a very limited sample, but Chorney’s going to need to survive defensively for a couple of years before we can talk about him contributing on the powerplay. Having said that, maybe they’ll have him quarterbacking the PP based on how quickly they’ve moved this kid up the depth chart.
  4. Is his lack of development similar to Cogliano? Yes, a little bit. They both skate well and look like hockey players, but lack both size and “hockey sense” beyond what they do when in possession of the puck. Chorney is definitely from the Tom Poti family of defensemen, but I don’t think we’re going to see a 750+ game NHL career from this young man.
  5. What can they do with him? Send Chorney to the minors and have him learn the game at the pro level. He’s pure chaos and his positioning is not good. It doesn’t help that he’s playing much tougher than needed minutes and it doesn’t help that Jason Strudwick is his veteran sidekick. But Chorney needs to get back to the AHL and find the range at that level. He should be there for a long time.
  6. How important is he to the organization? He’s going to get passed by a lot of defensemen here in the next little while (unless the club gets super stubborn on him). I would suggest that the Oilers will probably elevate Peckham above him (along with the current blue and any UFA/trade additions) and wouldn’t be surprised to see Plante, Motin and Petry called up before him.
  7. How bad it it? Chorney is some ways from being a player and I think its an open question as to whether he’ll have an NHL career.
Projected Role in 2009-10: Oklahoma’s top puck moving defenseman

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