Chorney Signs

It isn’t up on the Oilers site yet, but several sources are reporting on the signing of Taylor Chorney. A brief look is here and the Grand Forks article it refers to states that he has “agreed in principal” to a three year, entry level deal.

Despite being a quality prospect, the odds are stacked against Chorney making the big club in camp. He would have to be considered among the top 5 prospects in the system at this time.

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13 Responses to "Chorney Signs"

  1. doritogrande says:

    Hard to see where he really fits in on this team now. A year ago we probably would have him in the starting 6 based on need for a puck-mover. But with the emergence (and acquisition) of Pitkanen, Gilbert and Grebeshkov…I don’t see a desperate need for him. Our puck-movers are set for next season. Might have a shot at the 09-10 team when we’re forced to make a decision on Pitkanen-Grebeshkov, but by that time Petry may also be in the mix.

    Looks to me like we could have pulled another Rob Schremp, leaving a blue-chipper in a lesser league a season too long.

  2. Ozzieoiler says:

    Isn’t this what we want. Letting a guy learn the ropes in the “A” for a couple of seasons. No need to rush him cause the need is not there as opposed to previous seasons.

  3. jon k says:

    Since when is Rob Schremp a blue chipper? Late round first that dropped due to attitude and work ethic problems with a junior career that could be described in short as “good, but not great”.

  4. doritogrande says:

    jon k:

    He may not be a blue-chipper anymore, but he had to be considered one the season after he was drafted. I mean the kid was a Jani Rita clusterfuck away from making the team as a 19 year old. That’s a blue-chipper in my eyes.

  5. Gord says:

    To get back on topic – I hope it is a 3 year deal – gives us plenty of “cap friendly” depth on the blue line…

  6. namflashback says:

    Dorito,

    Isn’t it the objective of a prospect system to have too many good choices as opposed to not enough?

    I fail to see how this is a bad thing. If Chorney doesn’t have a place on this team, then he could be an asset to another team.

  7. goldenchild says:

    Agreed if the Oilers can start plucking multiple NHL players from each draft that can only lead to more options in making this a better team. Those horrible drafts of th 90′s where NHL players were found at about the same frequency as a lunar eclpise crippled the franchise for years. Can they play is much more important than do they fit. Lets hope Chorney can, arrows seem to be pointed the right way for him.

  8. Bendelson says:

    Given both the ‘injury’ factor and future trade options, how many of:

    Hrabel
    Peckham
    Chorney
    Petry
    Bissaillon
    Wild
    Young

    will actually find a spot on the Oil for any length of time.. 2? maybe 3?

    Prospects are a numbers game. Too many is a very good problem to have…

  9. Bank Shot says:

    “I fail to see how this is a bad thing. If Chorney doesn’t have a place on this team, then he could be an asset to another team.”

    No kidding. Or if he proves to be a good enough prospect he’ll just up and take someone’s job. Just because Schremp hasn’t been good enough to do that, doesn’t mean other prospects won’t be.

  10. Lord Bob says:

    To get back on topic – I hope it is a 3 year deal – gives us plenty of “cap friendly” depth on the blue line…

    If memory serves me right, a 20-year-old Chorney coming out of college is required to sign a three-year deal.

    Does memory serve me right? I dunno. Sometimes I still think George Burnett coaches the Oilers.

  11. rickibear says:

    Doesn’t Hrabel’s signing lessen Chorney’s and the other prospects chances in camp. Heck it probably even affects the veterans.

    The Hrabel signing fits a pattern.
    Dmen with RSL and Czech league experience brought over with the expectation to challenge in camp.

    What would be the point of sending Hrabel down to the AHL. Isn’t that a step down from the RSL.

    Grebs and Hedja seam to support this thought process. Based onthese two it makes me excited to see this young Dman.

  12. Lord Bob says:

    What would be the point of sending Hrabel down to the AHL. Isn’t that a step down from the RSL.

    Pay-wise, the AHL is a step down from the RSL. Competition-wise, it’s an open question but probably not. As well, unless you’re a blue-chipper like Grebeshkov, playing in the AHL is a far better chance to make the big bucks in the NHL someday than toiling across the pond.

  13. Bruce says:

    For the record, Grebeshkov has played more games in the AHL (185 inc. playoffs) than the RSL or equivalent (139). When it comes to defencemen, even blue-chippers have to put in their time learning the North American trade. (See also: Smid)

    While I’m delighted by the signing, I’d be even more so if Hrabal were good enough to make the club without at least one season spent primarily in the AHL. Patience — often in short supply on the Oilogosphere — will once again be the watchword.

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