The Oilers assigned Rodrigue to AHL Bakersfield on Friday, TSN reports. Rodrigue's demotion suggests Troy Grosenick (COVID-19 protocols) may be close to being cleared to join the Oilers. The 20-year-old backstop will likely spend most, if not all of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors.
The Oilers reassigned Rodrigue to their taxi squad Friday. Rodrigue's demotion suggests Troy Grosenick (COVID-19 protocols) is probably close to being cleared to join the team. Several Oilers netminders will likely need to go down in order for Rodrigue to see NHL ice in 2020-21.
Rodrigue has been recalled from the Austrian League and will join Edmonton's taxi squad, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. With Mike Smith (undisclosed) being placed on long-term injured reserve, Rodrigue will serve as insurance behind Mikko Koskinen and Stuart Skinner. The 20-year-old was a second-round pick by Edmonton in 2018 and spent last season in the QMJHL. He'll need to quarantine upon arrival in Canada prior to joining the team.
The Oilers have loaned Rodrigue to the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League. Rodrigue spent the 2019-20 season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, compiling a 31-7-1 record while posting a 2.32 GAA and .918 save percentage. He'll likely be recalled ahead of Edmonton's training camp, but he's still at least a few years away from making an impact at the NHL level.
Rodrigue has been released from Edmonton's training camp roster, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports. The Oilers wanted Rodrigue to attend training camp because the team's development camp and fall rookie tournament were both cancelled due to COVID-19, but he was never expected to still be with the club for its qualifying round matchup with the Blackhawks. The 2018 second-round pick posted a 31-7-1 record while registering a 2.32 GAA and .918 save percentage in 39 appearances with his QMJHL team this year.
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