With their third pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers made a move to stick around in the second round, trading the 71st and 133rd picks to Montreal in exchange for the 62nd overall section. With that pick, the Oilers drafted goaltender Olivier Rodrigue from the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
Born: July 6th, 2000 — City: Chicoutimi, QC
Height: 6 feet 1 inch — Weight: 155 lbs [185 cm/70 kg]
“The Quebec born goaltender is calm in his net with controlled movements to direct the puck out of danger. He is able to square up to set plays very well and limits the second and third chances by directing the puck into the corner with his blocker and pads or by using his active stick to break up the opponent’s attack. He is good at anticipating a play through quick checks and reads that allow him to make a save look easier than it is.”
From the ISS:
“Athletic butterfly goalie capable of highlight-reel saves due to his quickness.”
Don’t let Rodrigue’s size scare you away — this kid’s reflexes, rebound control and post-to-post quickness are exceptional. He’s an aggressive netminder who will dart out of the crease to defend shots from anywhere within his own end, and he’s proven to safely steer high-danger shots either into the corners or far from the low slot. Rodrigue’s stick is very active and times his poke checks very well, plus his ability to lock in on pucks throughout an entire cycle helps him interdict cross-crease passes from either corner. His glove hand and its positioning are a work in progress, which when coupled with a low silhouette makes him susceptible to get beaten upstairs, especially on the short side.
At just 6-foot-1 Rodrigue is a bit smaller than the prototypical NHL goaltender. He makes up for this with excellent agility and skating ability. Rodrigue comes out of his net and cuts down angles extremely well. He maximizes his size and gives shooters little room to work worth. His quick backwards skating prevents him from being beaten by a deke as he comes out. His strong edges and good push allow him to move laterally quickly. Rodrigue tracks the puck well and is square to the shooter. He likes to use his stick to poke check opponents as well as to cut down the cross-crease passing lane. Rodrigue has quick legs and takes away the bottom of the net effectively. He gets in and out of the butterfly quickly.
- 2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #54 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
- 2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #101 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
- 2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #65 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
- 2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #1 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Goalies
- 2018 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #49 by TSN/McKenzie
VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS
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CAREER STATS SO FAR
|Canada White U17||WHC-17||5||3.27||.894|
|2012-13||Chicoutimi Jr Saguenéens||QC Int PW||3||1.68||–|
|2015-16||Team Québec White||QGC-16||3||0.67||.970|
|2017-18||Canada U18||Hlinka Memorial||4||1.00||.942|