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DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Dalyn Flette wants to be the Edmonton Oil Kings starting goaltender.

But the Calgary native knows he's not the only one with such high aspirations.

And he knows the Oil Kings will not be just handing out jobs when training camp begins following the club's three-day rookie camp.

"There's no spots that are guaranteed, so I have to work hard and try to get into a spot that's open," Flette said. "My intention is to come in and push for that No. 1 spot and I'm going to work as hard as I can to do that."

EXPERIENCED

Flette, 17, played with the Kamloops Blazers last season. He backed up starter Dustin Butler posting a 5-5-1-2 record in 18 games with a 3.01 goals against average and a .868 save percentage.

The Oil Kings traded for Flette in June.

"We certainly hope he challenges for the job," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau.

"At this point the jobs are open. We have some real, high-quality goaltenders that have experience in this league."

Along with Flette, the Oil Kings expect Tommy Tartaglione, 19, and Alex Archibald, 20, to compete for the starting job.

Tartaglione was acquired from the Regina Pats while Archibald played with the Chilliwack Bruins last season.

'OPPORTUNITY'

"Dalyn is going to have to come in and compete against those guys," Pleau said. "If he does, there is opportunity on this hockey team and that's going to be the case at every position."

Being its his draft year, Flette is looking forward to a big season. Getting the starting job on an expansion team may just provide the perfect combination to impress NHL scouts.

"It's a big year, so hopefully I can get a lot of games in, play consistent and play well throughout the year," he said. "It's going to be good, I think, for me playing in Edmonton, I'll probably see a lot of shots.

"But all the guys are going to have to all buy into the same plan and get ready to work hard. The one thing that coach said right off the bat is that the expansion excuse is out of our heads right now."


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