Oilers Sign Chorney

The Edmonton Oilers signed Taylor Chorney today; Ryan Rishaug tells us it’s $735,000 for NHL time and OKC number is $62,500.
Chorney is in exactly the same spot as Theo Peckham a year ago. In a dogfight for an NHL job in the coming training camp, with an ace up his sleeve.

Chorney can’t clear waivers. It’s been an ongoing battle for the Oilers over the years to let go the coat on their kids. Deslauriers, Jacques, you name it, these kids hung around for a few paydays because the Oilers couldn’t make the decision on them. In the Oiler decision making process, “tweener” looks like silver and gold.

Looking back over the 01-07 draft picks who have been sent away, none of the kids who washed out in Edmonton (except for Rob Schremp, this generation’s Phil Esposito) have gone on to stardom, we can hope the Oilers are gaining some nerve with these fellows.

Peckham won a job last fall despite not being a clear winner in the race. Chorney is going to have to come from a ways back too, what with the Oilers adding a similar talent (Cam Barker) to the skilled blue already in the system. A reasonable guess at the NHL depth chart might go like this:

  1. Ryan Whitney
  2. Tom Gilbert
  3. Ladislav Smid
  4. Cam Barker
  5. Andy Sutton
  6. Theo Peckham
  7. Taylor Chorney
  8. Jeff Petry
  9. Colten Teubert
  10. Alex Plante

Chorney suffered a knee injury last season (in late February) but did some good things down on the farm. Chorney’s AHL progress looks good:

  • Age 21: 68gp, 5-16-21 -29
  • Age 22: 32gp, 4-9-13 -20
  • Age 23: 46gp, 3-13-16 -1

I’m not certain how much of the improvement is team based, but the C&B boys tell us that he played some tougher opposition so progress was made in 2010-11. At the NHL level Chorney has been bleeding profusely as a defensive player and with Petry and Chorney (drafted the year after him) at or near his level I’d say this is a very important year for Chorney with the Oilers.

Like every kid who has arrived here since 2006 spring, Chorney would have been helped immeasurably by a veteran presence at his side.

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