The other day I was flipping channels and came across an old game featuring Chorney’s Dad Marc playing for Pittsburgh. It was a playoff game, Chorney played some pretty big minutes in the game (paired I believe with Pat Price).
Marc Chorney played about 3 NHL seasons before slipping into the minors and then eventually drifting out of the pro game. He was drafted in the 6th round and from all reports was not the player his boy has become.
Chorney played for a very strong college team with some interesting defenders:
- Chay Genoway 38gp, 8-21-29 +17 46pims
- Robbie Bina 43gp, 2-23-25 +12 42pims
- Taylor Chorney 43gp, 3-21-24 +8 24pims
- Joe Finley 43gp, 4-11-15 +24 79pims
- Jake Marto 28gp, 2-6-8 +3 4pims
- Derrick LaPoint 31gp, 2-5-7 +6 34pims
- Kyle Radke 27gp, 1-3-4 -1 64pims
- Zach Jones 41gp, 0-0-0 +8 40pims
Chorney’s +8 trails 3 of the regulars and is tied with JF Jacques’ brother Zach Jones. We don’t know the “toughness of minutes” faced by these men but he was also well down the list of plus players for the Fighting Sioux in 06-07. Chorney does not have the best draft pedigree of the group (Joe Finley went 27th overall in 2005, 9 picks ahead of Chorney) and they’re all pretty much the same age save for Bina who is 24 and recently signed with the Springfield Falcons. It isn’t a huge stretch to suggest that Chorney and Bina might end up being a pairing for the Falcons in the AHL this season.
I think it’ll be a season of adjustment for Chorney. He’s clearly a talented fellow but is coming out of college at age 21 and turning pro. Oilers fans expecting him to make the NHL quickly should remember that Tom Gilbert was 23 years old before he played a game in pro hockey. We should expect a season similar to the one posted by former UND teammate Brian Lee. 55gp, 3-22-25, -3 in the AHL. Offense may come slowly since the Falcons will have other powerplay options and Chorney’s learning curve away from the puck is going to be fairly steep.