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BLOG: Marco Roy puts past behind him in pursuit of pros

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Marco Roy isn’t dwelling on the past.

He’s not worried about prior injuries, which served as an obstacle to his junior production. He’s not worried about not getting an NHL contract at the end of his junior career. The former second-round pick of the Oilers in 2013 is just focused on what he can control and that is the present.

“I think I’m here to have fun, play hard and compete every shift,” said the 20-year-old centre, who is skating for the Oilers in the 2015 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C. “In the end, I’m here to be a better player and add more experience in hockey. I’m just here to win and compete.”

Roy played just 39 games in 2013-14 for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL. A change of scenery was supposed to help him put the injuries in the past and gain valuable experience. He was moved to the 2015 Memorial Cup host team, Quebec.

Roy posted 50 points, including 26 goals, in 59 games for the Remparts in the regular season. He added 11 points in 14 playoff games and five points (1-4-5) in five games during the Memorial Cup tournament.

“I had a lot of injuries and stuff,” Roy said of his final junior season. “I think I finished strong at the Memorial Cup and I’m happy to have played in this tournament. It’s good for me. I had a lot of fun in that tournament.”

But Roy brushes all last year aside. His focus is clear.

“I think I’m ready to play in the pros.”

The Oilers did not sign Roy to an entry level contract and he re-entered the draft. After he wasn’t selected, the centre was brought back to the Oilers system, but this time with a professional contract. Roy signed an AHL deal with the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers primary development team.

The Condors look forward to seeing if Roy can live up to his second-round potential.

“Marco is a skilled guy, a goal scorer, so he’s got to go out there and let his skills take over, dominate the game and have confidence with the puck and make plays,” said Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming. “He’s a playmaker and that’s what we expect from him.”

Roy is suiting up for the Oilers here in Penticton with the hopes of leaving an impression on the Oilers and the Condors. He wants to prove he can be a professional hockey player and can be successful.

In order to be successful in that endeavour, Roy is putting all of his injuries and past obstacles to rest.

“Right now I’m feeling 100 percent and I had a really good summer of training, like three months of training. I added weight, so I’m stronger,” said Roy. “I think mentally I am ready. Everything I had in the past is behind me. Right now, I am focusing on playing in the NHL one day and proving to everybody that I can play there.”

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