#19 Winter Prospect: Phillippe Cornet

Current Rank: #19
Summer: Not Ranked

Phillippe Cornet is an undersized guy who has recently gained a reputation for some gritty play and gumption. He’s another imp–5.11, 173 and he’s been known to battle in the corners with the big guys. Valiant effort but small guys are ill suited to the chore and the Oilers already have Liam Reddox.

Like Reddox, Cornet has some skill, too.

Let’s start at the far left with Kevin Prendergast: “Highly skilled, good hands, pretty good skater, good hands around the net. He’s probably got to get a little bit tougher in some areas around the ice but we were told the same thing about Hemsky when we took him too.” Based on reports this season from the QMJHL it sounds like Cornet has added some grit to his game and has joined the battle.

From the middle we get this from Stu MacGregor: “He’s that player who has hockey sense and a good stick so he gets to a lot of pucks around the net. He needs to get stronger and improve his skating a little bit but he has those skills that you need to be an elite player and I think he’ll have an opportunity if he develops physically and puts the effort in to learn to battle.”

Finally, a word from Redline Report: “Cornet broke his thumb about a week ago and was supposed to miss a full month of action, but was in the lineup for the Oceanic’s next game two days later. From a kid that we’ve had concerns about being on the smallish side and a bit of a perimeter player, that shows us some of the intestinal fortitude we’ve been looking for from Cornet since he was drafted second overall at the 2006 QMJHL draft.”

He started this season like a house a-fire: 26 points in 21 games to lead the Oceanic and score quite high in the QMJHL. Since then he’s fallen off that pace a little (9 points in his last 10 games) and sits currently at 31gp, 11-24-35 for the season. He leads his team in assists and points and ranks in a tie for 28th in total points in the Q, his 24 assists putting him in a 17th place tie in that category. Cornet is also 6th in the QMHL in shots (131) which is way up from last season’s total (156 in 61 games).

His Desjardins NHLE is 82gp, 9-19-28 which compares well with many of the forwards on my list (Jordan Eberle’s is 82gp, 17-14-31) but his size, strength and footspeed are issues. The are other considerations: he didn’t get an invite to the WJC camp when others around him were extended the opportunity. He didn’t impress anyone at the Junior skills game one year ago.

However, there’s every chance he’ll shoot up the next list (in June). He’s clearly a prospect of interest.

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.
Related Posts

12 Responses to "#19 Winter Prospect: Phillippe Cornet"

  1. Lord Bob says:

    I don’t get this one. Sorry, LT.

    Cornet is a scrappy, undersized player with no actual hockey abilities who’s not putting up great numbers playing with boys.

    Ryan O’Marra is a scrappy, undersized player with no actual abilities who’s not putting up great numbers playing with men. Plus, he has Pedigree (recommended by top breeders).

    I didn’t like Cornet when they drafted him and hearing people describe him as Liam Reddox but crappier doesn’t improve my outlook.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Lord Bob: If I did a top 30 Ryan O’Marra wouldn’t be on it.

  3. Schitzo says:

    O’Marra is undersized? I didn’t realize that term referred to amount of heart.

  4. Lord Bob says:

    O’Marra is undersized? I didn’t realize that term referred to amount of heart.

    Average height but not much filling him out.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Here’s the deal with O’Marra. He’s lost a large percentage of his career to injury. It’s not his fault. Coming out of junior he was projected to be a quality two way player and the injuries killed it.

    O’Marra has done little in the AHL since coming to the Oilers organization.

    It reminds me of the time the Expos traded Al Oliver to SF Giants. The Gints sent Montreal a pitcher named Fred Breining but when he arrives he can’t lift his arm. Expos complain, SF sends Andy McGaffigan.

    O’Marra is Breining, Oilers didn’t get their McGaffigan.

  6. DeBakey says:

    Small, slow, slow, small, slow & small, slow, small…

    Its the shits hoping your favourite team's prospects don't make it.

  7. Jonathan says:

    Because I like plugging myself and know LT won’t mind :)

    Cornet’s on pace to tie his goal-scoring from last year (23G in 61 GP), but also to double his assist total (from 26 to 52). He’s far and away the best offensive player in Rimouski (his 32 points is 8 ahead of the next nearest player, undrafted defenseman Sebastien Piche). Cornet is also ten pounds heavier than he was at the draft, and a little digging shows that he has some smarts (QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Month last October) and a wide variety of skills.

    And I’m sure we all prefer Redline, but here’s what ISS had to say about Cornet:

    ISS Quebec scouts indicate he isn’t flashy, however, they love his quick release, his passing abilities and his effectiveness in all three zones. In addition, he finishes his checks, he is not a liability in his own zone and he can play in all situations, but offense remains his bread and butter.

    Liam Reddox, by the sounds of it. This is a good late round pick, and I didn’t like the selection when it was made.

  8. Jonathan says:

    Also, as much as I like the Oilers moving away from the “Coke Machine” draft mentality, it might not hurt to add a couple more prospects with size. Vande Velde looks awfully lonely in the system.

  9. Lord Bob says:

    Here’s the deal with O’Marra. He’s lost a large percentage of his career to injury. It’s not his fault. Coming out of junior he was projected to be a quality two way player and the injuries killed it.

    But do we know that O’Marra can’t come back from his injuries? Have they left him permenantly hobbled, or are we looking at a Dan Cleary redux, who just needed a little longer to get it all together?

  10. Lowetide says:

    Well he’s played 52 AHL games this and last season and is 2-10-12. When he played 8 games as an 18-year old in the AHL he went 4-1-5.

    Looking at that, and knowing the nature of the injuries, I think it’s safe to say he’s not where he needs to be.

    Can he come back? Maybe. But I don’t think his current season makes him worthy of the top 20.

    HF has him at 11 btw, but I have no idea why.

  11. Doogie2K says:

    When was Cornet’s injury? Seems like that might explain the slight dropoff in recent games.

  12. Asiaoil says:

    Cornet showed way more battle and moxie in TC than I expected – I like him a lot – nothing to be disappointed given his draft slot and he seems like a smart kid with a bit of talent and tons of try. Pisani in the making?

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

© Copyright - Lowetide.ca