PENTICTON, B.C. - On a team that’s still somewhat unsure about its goaltender of the present, Olivier Roy is hoping he’s still on track to be the goaltender of the future.
A tag that looked pretty solid when they named him starter for the Canadian World Junior team has become a little cloudy in the big games since.
The World Juniors didn’t finish nearly as well as they started, with Roy losing his starting job midway through the medal round. And after a solid regular season with Acadie-Bathurst, the playoffs were a complete disaster. He went 0-3 and got pulled in all three games, giving up 12 goals in 105 minutes. A .739 save percentage and 6.88 GAA were painful to look at.
Now he’s a pro, determined to make good on that potential of his.
“I’m just going to take this year and do everything I can do and hopefully all the best will come,” said Roy, who started for the Oilers prospects in their opening game of the Young Stars Tournament against Vancouver.
“What I want is to one day play for the Oilers, no doubt about that. They have a pretty young group coming up, they’re going to be a great, great team really soon in the future, maybe even next year. I really want to be part of that group.
“Having a chance to represent the Oilers is my main goal, I’m going to be ready to do whatever it takes to be part of it.”
The journey will have to start at the bottom, a backup to Yann Danis in Oklahoma City, maybe even an East Coast gig.
“I’m aware of the situation. I now I might not play as much as I did in Junior, but my main goal is to come every day in practice and do everything I can do to show the coaching staff that I’ll be ready every day if they need me,” he said. “I don’t have a big goal right now. I just want to give it everything every day and have no regrets, that’s what I’m going to take into training camp.”
He won’t be taking the memories of the World Juniors or Acadie’s early post-season exit, at least not the bad ones.
“The World Juniors was a hard one to lose,” said Roy, who watched from the bench as Canada gave up five third-period goals to the Russians in a 5-3 stuner. “I was talking to my dad and he said these things happen every once in a while. Unfortunately we were the team that got the silver instead of the gold.
“You want to get it out of your mind as soon as possible, but it’s never easy. Everywhere you go, you have interviews about it or people ask you, ‘What do you think happened?’ I don’t think there’s any answer. It’s over now. I took out the positives, I really enjoyed being part of team Canada.
“The three games I had, I took a great experience from that, playing in an NHL rink, always packed. Representing my country was a dream for me.”