Oilers qualify three

This is Mathieu Roy. Roy went to camp last fall, worked like a bugger, impressed, was sent out late in camp, was pissed off, took it out on the opposition, didn’t sulk, earned his way to the show and played well when given the opportunity.

That’s a helluva year for anyone.

Roy was extended a qualifying offer by the Edmonton Oilers today, and along with Raffi Torres and Matt Greene (who were also extended) can look forward to coming to camp with a shot at a job this fall.

Brad Winchester was not extended, as had been predicted.

I think Winchester will get a two way deal with some team (in division the obvious candidate would be Vancouver) and hope he finds his way.

At this time, he remains the most successful Oiler draft (and sign) from 2000.

EDIT TO ADD: The Oilers also qualified Kyle Brodziak, Jeff Deslauriers and Alexei Mikhnov in order to retain their rights. From that list, I’d say Brodziak has a good chance to make the hockey club in the fall (as a 12-14F).

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3 Responses to "Oilers qualify three"

  1. Barry says:

    Whoa – the excitement here on this news is overwhelming.

    I think that Brad will likely follow in the Josh Green mold (sounds like a disease). I think he would do better on a team where he wasn’t expected to scrap.

  2. momentai says:

    Good luck to Brad but we all knew that this was coming. He had basically one stretch on the road (5 or 6 games – good game against STL that I remember) that he was gangbusters and everybody was thinking that we had something. Then he subsequently fell into the pit of doom.

    Barry, I don’t know if he was expected to fight as much as if he wasn’t… nobody noticed him at all.

    I think at this point… Roy would rather he just get out of the organization. There’s so many young dmen on the Oilers and coming up the pipe, it’s ridiculous. Roy is battling against Smid/Greene/Grebeshkov/Gilbert/Petry/Chorney so the writing must be on the wall.

  3. YKOil says:

    In a better world Roy would be the next #6-7 guy for the next 6 to 8 years and be cheap and dependable while doing it. But we can’t afford that luxury because most of our, ‘better’, prospects need that spot.

    Too many guys coming out of the pipeline all at once and we are going to lose some solid professionals because of it.

    Not too worried about Brad – he got his shot and he flubbed it. Like barry said – Josh green part deux… which is interesting given the trade.

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