Bisaillon chasin' the dream

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Sebastien Bisaillon is a big fan of Edmonton Oilers defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron.

So it's little surprise the two are similar players.

Last year Bisaillon, 19, scored 35 goals and added 36 assists in 63 games for the Val-d'Or Foreurs of the QMJHL.

This year he's trying to earn a job with the Oilers.

"He's got great hand-eye co-ordination, he's a puck mover and he can shoot the puck very well," said Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers' vice-president of hockey operations.

"He's come into camp in pretty good shape. He's a kid we'll have a good look at in the next couple of days and go from there."

Bisaillon was invited to camp as a free agent.

Despite his impressive offensive numbers in junior, he was twice passed over in the NHL draft.

"Offensively it was pretty good year last year, I did some good things," Bisaillon said. "But I have to improve my defensive game and my explosiveness on the ice and I think that's what I did this summer."

A power-play specialist in junior, Bisaillon is working hard to become an all-around player.

At six feet, 205 pounds, he is big enough to play professional hockey.

"He's got hockey sense and he uses his size to his advantage," Prendergast. "He plays smart with it, I don't see it being an issue."

With a year of junior eligibility left, Bisaillon could return to junior if he's unable to land a job with the Oilers.

"I like the philosophy of the organization and I'm going to try and do my best to get something with them," he said.

"I'm going to do my best to give a good impression. My main goal is to try and get a contract, but I'm taking it day by day right now. Each day is a fresh start for me."


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