Oilers sign G Olivier Roy

The Edmonton Oilers announced the signing of goaltender Olivier Roy this afternoon. Roy is a famous junior prospect, having played for Canada at the world junior championships.

Roy’s resume contains positives we don’t see from lower end prospects but lacks the consistency we generally associate with elite level goalies as they graduate their junior careers.

Roy finished 4th this season in Q save percentage (.911) which is a slight improvement over last year’s 5th place finish.

Here’s the all-time list of goaltenders drafted by the Edmonton Oilers and their career games played. It’s an easy list to move up quickly.

  1. Grant Fuhr 1981 (868gp)
  2. Andy Moog 1980 (713gp)
  3. Jussi Markkanen 2001 (128gp)
  4. Jeff Deslauriers 2002 (58gp)
  5. Devan Dubnyk (51gp)
  6. Mike Morrison 1998 (29gp)
  7. Darryl Reaugh 1984 (27gp)
  8. Joacquin Gage 1992 (23gp)
  9. Mike Greenlay 1986 (2gp)
  10. Mike Minard 1995 (1gp)
  11. Adam Hauser 1999 (1gp)
  12. Rob Polman-Tuin 1980
  13. Ian Wood 1982
  14. Chris Smith 1982
  15. Dave Roach 1983
  16. Brian Tessier 1985
  17. John Haley 1985
  18. Gavin Armstrong 1987
  19. Tom Cole 1988
  20. Greg Louder 1990
  21. Mike Power 1990
  22. Andrew Verner 1991
  23. Evgeny Belosheiken 1992
  24. Chris Wickenheiser 1994
  25. Jeremy Jablonski 1994
  26. John Hultberg 1996
  27. Patrick Dovigi 1997
  28. Alexander Fomitchev 1997
  29. Kristian Antila 1998
  30. Glenn Fisher 2002
  31. Bjorn Burling 2004
  32. Bryan Pitton 2006
  33. Olivier Roy 2009
  34. Tyler Bunz 2010

Roy is one of only three goalies under contract for next season (Dubnyk, Khabibulin). Bryan Pitton is rfa and the AHL tandem of Martin Gerber and Jeff Deslauriers are free agents after this season. He is 6.00, 180.
Here’s the Redline draft day report:

Roy has great athleticism and flexibility and is a tough-minded competitor who never gives up on a play. While he’s fairly advanced technique-wise, the problem for this typical butterfly netminder is his penchant for constantly going down to the ice too early and swimming around the crease. He gets by with that style in the junior ranks, but at only 5-11 and 163 pounds, he’s too small to cover the corners, and we suspect that pro shooters will pick him apart up high and take advantage of his habit of overcommitting.”

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