The Oilers coaching staff moved forward Marc-Olivier Roy around a bunch in this tournament. Roy started on the wing in the Oilers Rookies first game on Thursday against Calgary.
Head Coach Todd Nelson told the media that Marco Roy told him he could play centre and so they tried him there for the final two games. He made a good impression.
“I like him at centre,” said Nelson. “We moved him around because we were short a few bodies every now and then but he has good support. That’s one of the hardest things to teach. When you’re breaking pucks out, sometimes centremen just want to take off. But he has good instincts, he has good support underneath and he plays the position well.”
Roy says it doesn’t matter to him where he plays, he has the confidence to get the job done.
“I think I can play every place,” said Roy after tonight’s game. “(The coaches) put me on the wing today too and I think I’m good every place. I don’t care where I play.”
Although Roy could play many roles, Nelson seemed to really liked what he saw from Roy in the middle.
“I don’t know where we see him in the future but he looked pretty comfortable at centre.”