Oilers prospect Olivier Rodrigue has taken the first step in his bid to play for Team Canada at the 2020 World Juniors as he was invited to Hockey Canada's summer goaltending camp.
Rodrigue, who signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers on May 22, is one of 10 netminders selected for the under-20 evaluation as part of Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence, to be held June 5-8 in Calgary.
According to Hockey Canada's press release, the camps bring together the top goaltending talent and elite-level instructors from across the country. They serve as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selection camps for Canada's national teams.
"The Program of Excellence goaltending camp is another great opportunity to work with the top young goaltenders in the country, and a very important part of the development process for these athletes," said Shawn Bullock, Director of Men's National Teams for Hockey Canada. "This four-day camp will provide goalies at all levels of our program the benefit of working with and learning from some of the top instructors in Canada in preparation for the upcoming season."
Rodrigue, 18, recently completed his third season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He played 48 regular season games, posting a 35-12 record, .902 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average.
The native of Chicoutimi, Quebec and 62nd-overall selection at the 2018 NHL Draft was tied for first among QMJHL goalies in regular season wins (35) during the 2018-19 campaign.
Rodrigue has played for Hockey Canada at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels, including leading the national team to a gold medal at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a .942 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average in four games.
His numbers were just as impressive at the 2018 World U-18 Championship with a .949 save percentage and 1.33 goals against average in three appearances, paving the way for his second-round selection at the NHL Draft.