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FUTURE WATCH: Rodrigue ecstatic with contract; provides injury update

Oilers goaltender prospect Olivier Rodrigue signed an entry-level contract on Wednesday and is back practicing after a groin injury

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Almost a year after hearing his name called at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, TX, Oilers goaltender prospect Olivier Rodrigue put pen to paper.

Edmonton's second-round selection, the 62nd-overall pick, in last year's draft signed with the Oilers organization on Wednesday after playing 48 regular season games as well as an extra three in the postseason. 

The Drummondville Voltigeurs netminder was ecstatic about inking the deal and discussed his path going forward.

"It's a big moment for me and my family," Rodrigue told Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer on Friday.

"I'm probably going to go back to junior next year. I'm still pretty young. After that, I think I'll make my debut in pro."

Rodrigue won 35 regular season outings in 2018-19, owning a .902 save percentage and 2.43 goals-against average. The keeper couldn't take complete ownership of the pipes in the playoffs for the Voltigeurs, however, after sustaining a groin injury that limited him to just three starts.

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"I pulled my groin really bad and I tried to skate a little bit too soon and got injured again during practice," Rodrigue said. "I took an extra two weeks. It was hard for me because it was the first time I was not playing due to injury."

Rodrigue is the son of Bakersfield Condors Goaltending Coach Sylvain Rodrigue. Now that he's had time to rest his injury, the Quebec product got back to the ice last week alongside his father.

"I'm excited to work with my dad," he continued. "Just last week, we started practicing together. It's going to be a challenge to make a difference between my dad and my coach but I think we're going to enjoy it."

Rodrigue says his best attribute as a goaltender is his positioning and will converge in Edmonton when Oilers camp rolls around.

"I'll try to do my best to play at the best level I can," he said.

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