Oilers' Roy has right attitude

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Olivier Roy has a million miles to go before he can carry Grant Fuhr's goal stick, but he has one thing in common with the Hall of Famer.

A short memory.

When Fuhr let in a bad goal, he cleared his mind of it before they even fished the puck out of his net -- a habit that went a long way toward stopping the next one.

Roy showed some of that mental strength in his prospects camp debut, shr ugging off a horrible first period goal -- one from the point that couldn't have been any softer if the puck was made of marshmallows -- and responding with a brilliant 28-save win.

"When you see a goal like that go in, you wonder how a person in that situation will react," said general manager Steve Tambellini.

"How he responded and battled for pucks was impressive. I can think of two or three times where if he didn't stay with it it would have been a pretty easy goal."

"That's something I need to focus on, that I've learned from past years -- trying to forget, whether it's a good save or a bad goal like last game, I need to make the next stop," said Roy, who's no relation to Patrick, but probably gets asked about it more than Patrick's real kids.

"Once or twice a week people ask me if I'm one of his sons," he said.

With Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk young and signed and NHL experienced, but still unproven, the long-term future of Edmonton's netminding situation isn't much clearer than the short term.

All Roy can do is wait for his shot. He's going back to junior this season, but wants to leave a good impression before he goes.

"I'm just excited about maybe getting an invitation to main camp and trying to compete with those guys, maybe play half a game and show what I can do," he said. "Show the organization that I'm there, too."

He made a good impression at the World Junior development camp earlier this year and will get a good long look when the team is selected in December.

The Oilers are crossing their fingers that he makes it, given how wearing the Maple Leaf in that tournament can season a player overnight.

"Any junior kid who gets to play for Hockey Canada, it's an awesome experience," said Oilers goaltending coach Frederic Chabot.

"It really prepares them well. If he can keep playing like he's playing right now and have a good first half of the season, he will have a good chance to make that team."

He's nowhere near as big as Dubnyk and Deslauriers, who tower over the crossbar at six-foot-four and six-foot-six respectively (Roy is only six feet), but more of a reflex goalie who wants to be technically perfect.

"A goalie his size needs speed, and he has that," said Chabot.

"He needs to work on his positional game, he needs to be very, very precise how he positions himself in the net. But he's one of those goalies who looks bigger than he is in the net. He stands tall, he does a good job of challenging guys."

How far away is he?

"He's got time, he's 19," said Chabot. "He needs to get a little bigger, a little stronger so he can play 60 games a year. But he's a hard worker, he never wants to get off the ice until you tell him to.

"I've watched him since he was 16 years old, and the sky's the limit.

"Kids like this, they decide how far they can go."


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