“That's just good, technical hockey,” Nelson said. “He's a smart player. He does everything right out there. He's getting the rewards. He put in a good summer.”
Though Cornet amassed 12 points in the last 10 games last season, he still realized he had shortcomings.
“I think that second goal was probably something I wasn't doing last year — driving to the net and just beating the defenseman one-on-one," Cornet said. “I just wanted to come back here and prove I'm a good player on a regular basis on this team and in this league and make a difference every game. This summer I worked harder than ever on my skating. I feel like it's paying right now.”
Cornet scored 29 goals three years ago, but that was junior hockey. Now he's one step away from the NHL and insists he doesn't have a certain number of goals in mind this season.
“The main thing I was thinking about was getting the first one, because the first one is always hardest to get,” Cornet said. “Once you get the first one, you get on a roll and it goes well. I just don't want to change my game, just keep playing the same way I've been playing.”