After Bakersfield Condors sign Colton Point, how does the Edmonton Oilers organizational goaltending look?

Zach Laing
1 year ago
The Bakersfield Condors are bolstering their crease by inking goaltender Colton Point to a one-year deal.
Point, 24, was a 5th-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2016 draft and has played each of the last four years in their organization.
His numbers, however, haven’t been great. He’s played 29 games at the AHL level over that time posting an 11-11-2 record, a .882 save percentage and a 3.44 GAA. He’s spent more time in the ECHL, however, where his numbers improve to a 19-19-6 record, .901 save percentage and 2.84 GAA.
What this move does bring is some organizational depth. Between the Condors and Fort Wayne Komets, there are now four goaltenders that could play in either place.
While Calvin Pickard is a lock for the Condors, it will be between Point, Ryan Fanti, and Olivier Rodrigue for the backup spot. Two of the three, meanwhile, will head to the ECHL to play for the Komets.
All three of Pickard, Fanti and Rodrigue have contracts through the Oilers, so I would imagine that Point would be one of the two destined for the Komets joined by one of the latter.
Fanti will be playing his first pro season this year, so time in the ECHL would make sense after a stellar NCAA career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth capturing the NCHC title last year.
Rogrigue, meanwhile, hasn’t shown much at all during his pro career. He’s played 24 games with the Condors over the last two years going 10-10-3 with a .889 save percenrage and 3.05 GAA. In the ECHL last year, he played 15 games going 7-7-1 with a .907 save percentage and 3.57 GAA.
The Oilers used a second-round pick in 2018 on him and continue to employ his father, Sylvain Rodrigue, as a goaltending coach in the AHL. What the younger Rodrigue still has going for him is his age. At just 22, he’s only a few years removed from playing in the QMJHL where he was a solid goaltender in his final year.
We all know goaltenders’ development curves can be wild and wacky, so it’s still too soon to definitely say what he could be in the future. The truth is, however, the organization needs him to show something sooner than later.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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