EDMONTON - Despite his scoring exploits there, Philippe Cornet doesn’t want to go back to junior.
The winger is eligible to play another year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as an overager, but if it’s all the same to him, he would rather play in the Edmonton Oilers farm system this season.
“This year will be a pretty important training camp for me, more than the first two I attended,” said Cornet.
“But my first one went well and I thought last year was even better, I think I left a good impression when I left here.
“Hopefully this year, I’ll play well enough to have a spot on the AHL team.”
The native of Val-Senneville, Que., was selected in the fifth round — 133 overall — of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
He scored 28 goals and added 49 assists in 65 games with Rouyn-Noranda last season.
This week he was among the prospects taking part in the Oilers rookie development camp, which wrapped up on Friday with a three-on-three tournament.
“I thought last year until Christmas things went great,” Cornet said. “After that, it was a little slow, I’m not quite sure why. But in the playoffs things went well, I thought I bounced back in the playoffs, so that was pretty positive.”
In his four seasons of junior hockey, the six-foot, 173-lb left winger reached the 20-goal plateau three times.
Possibly heading into the professional ranks, however, he knows being able to play in his own end of the ice will dictate where he ends up.
“If you look at all the players that make their way to the NHL, they have to be two-way players,” Cornet said.
“There have been a lot of players that have scored 100 points in junior and never made it to the NHL because the defensive aspect of their game is not very good.
“If you get 100 points, but you’re minus-40 on the year, you’re not going to get a spot, so you have to be a good two-way player.”