What, did Taylor Chorney win a skills competition in Oklahoma or something?
The last time he aced a fastest skater event he wound up on the next plane out of town, demoted from the Oilers to the Barons before he even had to chance to catch his breath.
“It was all positive, they stressed that it wasn’t because of the way I was playing, it was more than anything a numbers thing,” said Chorney, who joined the team Tuesday morning and drew in against the Dallas Stars. “That doesn’t make it any easier, you still want to be here, but there was definitely a lot of positive feedback.”
Chorney, 23, believed what management told him and believed he’d be back. A month later he’s trading places with Jeff Petry, whose recent rash of turnovers earned him trip to OKC.
“That’s one thing that you learn as you go up and down a little bit, you’re not going to do yourself any favours by pouting,” said Chorney. “It’s just going to open the door for someone else. You have to take the time to feel bad for yourself for about five minutes, realize you’re going back down again and pick up where you left off.”
With the season in flames and the character of the club being questioned, Edmonton isn’t exactly a soft landing spot, but he’s glad to be here nevertheless.
“I went through some of that last year,” he said. “I imagine it’s a little bit different this time, every situation is a little bit different, but I’m just trying to be a positive guy, get some energy back in the room and go out there and play like I did when I was up before.”
FRASER’S VALLEY: Centre Colin Fraser took a seat Tuesday night against Dallas, scratched from the lineup when Shawn Horcoff returned from his two-game bout with bronchitis.
“When I think of Colin Fraser I think of a guy who’s abrasive, a guy who finish checks, goes to the tough areas, can make life tough on other teams when he plays that way,” said head coach Tom Renney, who hasn’t seen enough of it this year.
“I want to stress that he’s not alone in this department. There are other guys of a similar status, size, who need to do the same thing. Maybe this is the beginning of making sure guys understand what is expected of them, so at the very least our young guys know that this is what the coach will deliver on if you’re not performing well.”