The #Oilers have signed goalie Olivier Rodrigue to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year-old Quebec native compiled a 35-12 record, 2.43 GAA & .902 save percentage with the QMJHL Drummondville Voltigeurs in 2018-19. pic.twitter.com/RappH7bCwc— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 22, 2019
Olivier Rodrigue has been signed to an entry-level deal.
Rodrigue was selected 62nd overall in 2018. Originally scheduled to be Washington’s second round pick, the Oilers acquired it after shipping a third and a fifth to the Capitals. After taking Ryan McLeod earlier at number 40 overall, the Oilers took Olivier Rodrigue (son of Edmonton Oilers goaltender coach Sylvain Rodrigue) with the last pick of round 2.
Rodrigue spent his third season with Drummondville (QMJHL) where he compiled a 35-12 record along with a .902 SV% / 2.43 GAA. I often look at SV% as the “quick and dirty” way to see what a goaltender’s NHL comps are (it’s all about that 5 on 5 SV%). Rodrigue’s .902 SV% was good for seventh overall among goaltenders who played more than half of their club’s games in the Q this season. Drummondville would make it to the semi-finals before bowing out to the Halifax Moosheads, though Rodrigue would only play in 3 of Drummondville’s playoff contests due to a core injury.
Rodrigue has another year in Drummondville before making his way to Bakersfield in 2020-21. The best case scenario is that he’s three years away from seeing action in the NHL. He’s got 2019-20 in Drummondville where he’s hopefully lights out before moving on to Bakersfield afterwards.