Phil Cornet's Hot Hands

Since we last checked in on Phil Cornet's wacky season, he's scored 3 more goals on just 7 shots, raising his previously insane .387 shooting percentage to the loftier .395, a number so outrageous even George Brett is jealous.  Cornet has 15 goals on the season and sits alone in first place in the AHL with a 3 goal lead on a 5-way tie for second place.  Cornet has appeared in 20 games thus far and has been held scoreless in 9 of them.  He's also generated 1 shot or less 9 times.

Phil Cornet

#15 / Left Wing / Oklahoma City Barons



Mar 28, 1990

2011 - Phil Cornet 15 3 18 6 38 39.5

I demonstrated that he's still working in the whale tail, and expected goals from his shot totals should be ~4, but while Cornet is still not a hockey version of The Hummer, like say Teemu Hartikainen, he has increased his shots per game to 1.90, up from 1.43 in 2010-11.

Cornet, who has accounted for 21.4% of the Barons' goal total also leads the AHL in percentage of goals:

AHL Team GF Leading Scorer G % of G
Oklahoma City Barons 70 Phil Cornet 15 0.214
Syracuse Crunch 62 Kyle Palmieri 12 0.194
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 66 David Ullstrom 12 0.182
Grand Rapids Griffins 55 Jamie Johnson 10 0.182
Texas Stars 57 Tomas Vincour 10 0.175
Rochester Americans 57 Derek Whitmore 10 0.175
Houston Aeros 63 Casey Wellman 11 0.175
Milwaukee Admirals 46 Juuso Puustinen 8 0.174
Abbotsford Heat 53 Kolanos / Rheault 9 0.170
Binghamton Senators 49 Mark Parrish 8 0.163
Peoria Rivermen 74 Sterling / McRae 12 0.162
Rockford IceHogs 62 Brandon Pirri 10 0.161
Toronto Marlies 64 Joe Colborne 10 0.156
Norfolk Admirals 77 Carter Ashton 12 0.156
Hershey Bears 65 Chris Bourque 10 0.154
Springfield Falcons 60 Cam Atkinson 9 0.150
Adirondack Phantoms 62 Denis Hamel 9 0.145
Charlotte Checkers 63 Jerome Samson 9 0.143
Chicago Wolves 49 Darren Haydar 7 0.143
Lake Erie Monsters 50 Evan Brophey 7 0.140
San Antonio Rampage 50 Bracken Kearns 7 0.140
Worcester Sharks 44 Matt Irwin 6 0.136
Manchester Monarchs 59 Cliché 8 0.136
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 67 Bryan Lerg 9 0.134
Portland Pirates 54 Andy Miele 7 0.130
St. John's IceCaps 73 Carl Klingberg 9 0.123
Connecticut Whale 58 Jonathan Marchessault 7 0.121
Providence Bruins 50 Zack Hamill 6 0.120
Hamilton Bulldogs 42 Phil DeSimone 5 0.119
Albany Devils 51 Joe Whitney 6 0.118

Cornet is now in a very interesting spot: the Oilers have lost Taylor Hall for a month and Linus Omark is still rehabilitating his broken ankle. Should another injury befall the big club, Steve Tambellini has a choice to make. Should he call on a veteran AHL player with NHL experience like Josh Green, or should he call on the hottest hand in professional hockey?

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