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Dream comes true for raw rookie

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

Sebastien Bisaillon's parents didn't believe him when they heard he was going to the NHL.

Can you blame them?

The 20-year-old defenceman from Val d'Or of the QMJHL is the latest raw rookie to step into the NHL fire, playing his first game for the Edmonton Oilers last night.

"When you are a kid you dream to play in the NHL," said Bisaillon. "When I signed in September it was like the first step.

"Maybe I won't play in the NHL again. You never know.

"Each day is an extra day for me here."

With five defencemen on the injured list and Ladislav Smid slightly banged up on Saturday, the Oilers finally made the call to the junior ranks.

Bisaillon missed Val d'Or's final game of the regular season on Sunday. The junior playoffs start Friday.

"(Val d'Or) wasn't thrilled," admitted Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers' vice-president of hockey operations.

"But we explained to them that we will get him back as soon as possible.

"They don't play until Friday and they are playing the worst team in the playoffs in the first round.

"We would feel awful if they got beat and he wasn't there.

"But I think he'll probably go back."

The six-foot Quebec native led the QMJHL in goals (35) by defencemen last year and ranks 12th among blue-liners in scoring this year.

Edmonton was interested in former University of Alberta product Gavin McLeod and at least one other player, but chose Bisaillon.

"Only because he has played more," continued Prendergast.

"We are a little bit more familiar with him in training camp."


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