Olivier Rodrigue continues to progress

Olivier Rodrigue continues to progress

BETTING À DAY

Quebec goaltender Olivier Rodrigue continues to make his way through the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Bakersfield Condors. 

The course of the former goalkeeper for the Drummondville Voltigeurs is not so different from that of several other AHL goaltenders. Last season, he made several trips between the cities of Bakersfield and Wichita, to play with the Thunder in the ECHL, and played 13 games with the Condors.

Since the beginning of the current season, Rodrigue has been on guard and he is still part of the Edmonton Oilers' AHL farm club. The Chicoutimi native took advantage of an injury to his teammate Calvin Pickard to find a place in the squad.

“I wanted to play more games this season,” Rodrigue told the AHL website. I feel more comfortable when I can stay in one place for a while. It was not easy to go back and forth. I feel confident in my game and I just need to keep working from there.”

He is currently one of the leaders in save percentage in the league, with .916 .

“Ollie gives us a chance to win every night and that's all you want from your goalie,” Condors head coach Colin Chaulk said. Whether we have a good game or not, he is very solid. That's his job and that's what he does.”

Rodrigue wants to stay ready for any opportunity that comes his way.

“I have to be ready, Rodrigue added. When “Pick” got injured, I had to intervene and you don't know how long he will be out. My mindset was just to give my team a chance every night.”

Despite Pickard's injury, Rodrigue's relationship with the 30-year veteran has been a big help for the two masked men.

“He has taken me under his wing since he arrived here. He wants to help me develop my game and be more confident in the way I play.”