Chorney back with Oilers
DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
|Taylor Chorney is back with the Edmonton Oilers after being reclaimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues, which had claimed him off the Oilers waiver wire earlier this season. (LAURA PEDERSEN/QMI Agency Files)
EDMONTON - One has to excuse Taylor Chorney for needing to double-check his jersey.
The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has played for three different teams in the last month and-a-half.
On Saturday, Chorney was back in the Oilers lineup, having been recalled by the club from the American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City.
“It’s been a crazy last six weeks just travelling around,” Chorney said. “I went to St. Louis for a bit, got a couple of games there, went to Ok City and now I’m back here. I’m definitely happy to be here, this is where I want to be, this is the team I want to make it with, so I’m very excited to be back.”
The Oilers had lost Chorney for a while after he was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Blues.
At the time, the Blues had suffered a number of injuries to their defensive corps and figured Chorney could help them fill the void.
The Oilers did not expect to lose their depth defenceman when they first sent him down to Oklahoma City, which required him clearing waivers.
“I hurt my knee in the preseason and I was idle for a bit and it was just a matter of them wanting to get me going and playing a lot of minutes down there and get me back on track,” Chorney said. “It was weird, it was a new experience for me, I’d never been through that before.
“At the time, I was excited to get picked by St. Louis to be able to stay in the NHL. I went there it was kind of a weird situation, the coach was kind of on the hot seat a little bit and I got caught in the whole mix there. I didn’t get to play a ton, although I got in a couple of games.”
Once their blue-line was healthy again, the Blues put Chorney back on waivers in an effort to get him down to their AHL affiliate. However, the Oilers took the opportunity to reclaim the Thunder Bay native and assigned him to Oklahoma City.
“We’re happy to be able to get him back,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “He can really help Oklahoma City and he’s had enough call-up experience where we really know what we’re getting when he comes up here.”
Chorney had actually paid a visit to Edmonton with the Blues, but did not get into the lineup.
Once he was put on waivers again, Chorney figured he might be coming back to the Oilers organization.
“I had kind of heard that maybe there was a chance the Oilers would reclaim me, but you don’t know what to expect,” Chorney said. “I’ve experienced a lot in the last few years and even in the last six weeks. You’re always ready for the unexpected I guess, but at the same time you’re never sure.
“We were joking around, it almost feels like I never left. It was such a crazy month, we were on the road the whole time in St. Louis, I never got too settled in.”
Both Chorney and Colten Teubert were called up by the Oilers for Saturday’s game filling in for Corey Potter, who’ll be out at least a month with an ankle injury, and Andy Sutton, who’s out with a groin pull.
It’ll be a good opportunity for Chorney to prove he can play at this level on a full-time basis.
“For sure, for a guy like me, that’s how you get your opportunities,” he said. “I’m just happy to get the chance, happy to be back in this organization. It’s a great city and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”