Phil Cornet made his NHL debut last night and played pretty well. The young winger picked up an assist early in the game when he took a hit and advanced the puck to Sam Gagner, and then made several smart plays during the game. Nothing earth shattering, but 11 minutes and 19 shifts later he did okay.
The Oilers have employed several rookies again this season. The NHL doesn’t count Lennart Petrell because he’s older and Europeans are trying to take our major awards by being older and more qualified and everythink, but among the rookies eligible for the Calder trophy Edmonton has 8 hires:
- RNH 38, 13-22-35
- Anton Lander 46, 2-3-5
- Colten Teubert 20, 0-1-1
- Ryan O’Marra 7, 0-1-1
- Alex Plante 3, 0-1-1
- Phil Cornet 1, 0-1-1
- Teemu Hartikainen 5, 0-0-0
- Milan Kytnar 1, 0-0-0
RNH is going to be very good and I do believe Lander will have a “small J” Doug Jarvis career based on observation, souting reports and offense. The rest are matriculating toward NHL employment and some will win out at the expense of others. Last year the Oilers debuted Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi, Omark, Petry and Devan Dubnyk.
It will probably be awhile before that bunch has an equal (for number and quality of rookies in a single season) in our town.