Roy's future is now

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

EDMONTON - Olivier Roy represents the Edmonton Oilers future in goal.

And if his play last season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is any indication, that future looks bright.

We had a pretty strong team and I think I had a pretty good year, said Roy, currently taking part in the Oilers rookie development camp. Unfortunately, we had Moncton in the first round of the playoffs last year and we lost a tight series to them, losing a couple of games in overtime.

Roy, 18, posted a 32-21-3 record with the Eagles last season with a 2.62 goals against average.

The native of Amqui, Que., was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round 133 overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Hes looked really good so far, I love his battle level, I love his attitude, said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. Its the second camp in a row hes taken one off the collar bone, had to go off and gotten back out there and faced the same stuff.

I like him a lot, I think hes got national junior team possibilities for sure. I like what hes all about, I like his makeup, I think hes going to get better and better and I think he can be an NHL goaltender for sure.

Roy is expected to challenge for a spot on the Canadian world junior team in December. Late last season, he got a taste of professional hockey, suiting up in three games with the Springfield Falcons.

That was really good for me, Roy said. It was good to see what its like to play at that level. I thought I did pretty well up there too.

Having been traded by Cape Breton to the Acadie-Bathurst Titans this off-season, Roy is looking for another strong junior campaign.

Its going to be new for me, being in Bathurst, he said. I think were going to have a pretty strong team there. I think this year the team is trying to take a shot at being the best in the league, so hopefully things work out well for us.

B.C. boy inked?: The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly signed forward Brad Moran.

The former Western Hockey League star with the Calgary Hitmen, spent the last two seasons in the Swedish Elite League with Skelleftea. He scored 14 goals and added 26 assists in 55 games last year.

A native of Abbotsford, B.C., Moran, 31, scored 60 goals with the Hitmen during the 1998-99 WHL season, however, hes been unable to crack an NHL lineup.

The career minor leaguer has played in just eight NHL games and is expected to spend the upcoming season with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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