Much like his current status in the Oilers' development system, once again Oliver Roy finds himself one step ahead of the fast charging Tyler Bunz.
While Bunz, who was profiled very nicely by dawgbone98 yesterday here, continues to do everything you can ask of a goaltending prospect in the role he's been given, the same can be said for Roy, which is why he certainly deserves to be right in the same range on this list as his fellow goaltending prospect.
After the jump, we'll take a look at what Olivier Roy is doing right to make him the top ranked goaltending prospect in the organization.
As is typical with the evaluation of goaltending prospects, the rankings are all over the map.
While Roy's ranking hasn't changed since the last time we assessed the organization's youngest players, that should not serve as an indication that he has not shown any progression. Among our panel, Roy has made a significant climb up the rankings of dawgone, Derek and Jonathan. While there can be many external factors for that, his strong performance this season is certainly a part of the reason. As has been the Oilers' standard practice with goaltending prospects in recent years (most recently with Devan Dubnyk) Roy's first professional season was spent in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder.
As the panelist who ranked Roy the highest, when asked, dawgbone offered the following comment in support of his decision to rate Roy so highly:
All you can ask your developing goaltenders to do is to stop pucks in the league you placed them. Olivier Roy did exactly that for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. His .925 sv% in the regular season was 4th best in the league, and first amongst goaltenders with 30+ games played. Despite moving up to a much tougher league, Olivier Roy once again improved his save percentage for the 4th straight year. Sure, goalies are erratic and you need to dabble in the black arts in order to even attempt to track their developmental curve, but Roy had a fine season and arguably the best rookie pro season in the organization behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Yesterday, Dawgbone suggested that "a solid year in the ECHL will go a long way to quelling the fears of Tyler Bunz's doubters." Well not this doubter! The ECHL is still a very long way from the NHL. For instance, here are the top five goalies by save percentage (min. 10 GP) in their Draft +3 season since the 2000-01 season: Frederic Cloutier (.945 in 2001-02), Jeff Deslauriers (.940 in 2004-05), Cedrick Desjardins (.934 in 2007-08), Kevin Lalande (.932 in 2007-08), and Jaroslav Halak (.932 in 2005-06). It's encouraging to see Halak there, and three of the five have played at least one NHL game, but it's not like being wildly successful in the ECHL at a young age was a sign of sure NHL success. I'll take success ahead of failure of course, and the ECHL is a step up from juniors. Put that together and you've got my reasoning for pushing Roy pretty far down the list but still giving him the nod over Bunz.