After both spent a short duration in Oilers camp, both Olivier Roy and Cameron Abney breezed through Barons camp en route to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. Less than a month ago, the Edmonton Oilers agreed to a one-year extension with the Stockton Thunder to remain the AA affiliate of the parent club. And in what comes as no surprise, both Abney and Roy will head to Stockton to fine tune their game.
Via an Oklahoma City Barons press release:
The Edmonton Oilers announced today that goaltender Olivier Roy and right winger Cameron Abney have been assigned to Stockton of the ECHL.
Abney, a 6-5, 205-pounder from Aldergrove, B.C. was the Oilers 3rd round selection (82nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has played the last four seasons in the Western Hockey League, splitting time between the Everett Silvertips and Edmonton Oil Kings. In 176 games over those four seasons, he recorded 37 points (14-23-37) and served 298 penalty minutes. He played in the Barons preseason game against Houston recording a shot on goal and serving nine penalty minutes.
The 133rd overall pick in 2009, net minder Olivier Roy was the top ranked Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goalie prospect in 2008-09, Roy posted a 3.04 goals-against average and a .906 save-percentage in 54 games. Roy also played in the Barons preseason game stopping all 11 shots he faced in 29 minutes of play.
Indeed Abney and Roy attended a week-long adventure through Barons camp which included a pretty nice win in the one and only preseason game for the Barons. Abney, with his nine penalty minutes including a lackluster fight, showed promise, but not nearly enough to be considered an AHLer. Roy, on the other hand, finished the last half of a David LeNeveu shutout, and quickly grabbed the attention of fans. His movement in the crease, heads up puck play, and steady side-to-side movements were quite impressive.
Through training camp and one preseason game, both were fully speculated to end up in Stockton for the year, but in the event of call-ups, both may see roster time with the Barons. Again, it's hard to speculate exactly where these two currently stand in their personal development cycle, but certainly both have some things to prove in Stockton when the season begins.