Filling Bergeron's shoes

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

Mathieu Roy has been waiting for another chance.

Two days after the trade of Marc-Andre Bergeron, the rookie defenceman might get one.

"For me, the only thing I can do right now is keep battling and working hard in practice, and hopefully they're going to give me that opportunity," Roy said.

"If I get in I have to make the most of it and take it."

Roy, 23, started the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs. In 31 games, the native of St-Georges, Que., had six goals and 12 assists.

He's been called up twice this season.

The first time, Roy sat in the press box for four games in December and then was sent back down.

He was then recalled on Jan. 5 and suited up for five games, scoring his first NHL goal in San Jose.

But since, he has been relegated to the press box for the Oilers' last 10 games.

"He's got to create that opportunity for himself," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"If he's got the savvy, now is the time to create that opportunity for himself.

"It starts in practice, where you have to be reliable.

"He's a hard-working guy and you can't get beat out there."

With Tom Gilbert getting called up from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins yesterday, there'll be competition for Bergeron's spot.

MacTavish would not reveal who would get it tonight against the Senators.

"I have to play hard, keep things simple and try not to make huge mistakes," Roy said.

"I have to make good passes and play well defensively," he added.


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