One Bulldog defenceman is replaced by an Oilers blueliner


The Edmonton Oilers giveth and taketh.

Defenceman Jan Hejda has been assigned by the Oilers to Hamilton of the American Hockey League while blueliner Mathieu Roy has been recalled from the Bulldogs. Edmonton has a working arrangement with the Bulldogs who are the farm team of the Montreal Canadiens.

The 28-year-old Hejda has appeared in eight games this season with the National Hockey League Oilers. He has one assist and four penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound native of Prague in the Czech Republic made his NHL debut with the Oilers on Nov. 3 against the Dallas Stars. He picked up his first-career NHL point, an assist, against the Columbus Blue Jackets a week later.

Hejda came to the Oilers via a deal with the Buffalo Sabres on July 10 when Edmonton gave up its seventh round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Buffalo had drafted Hejda in the fourth round, 106th overall, in the 2003 entry draft.

The 23-year-old Roy makes his second visit to Oilers but his first this season. The native of St-Georges, Quebec, first donned an Oilers jersey on Feb. 12 this year in a game against the St. Louis Blues. The 6-2, 220 pound rearguard leads all Bulldogs’ defencemen in scoring with 16 points (6-10-16) and is tied for fourth in the AHL with a plus-16 rating in 25 games this season.

Roy was drafted by the Oilers in the seventh round, 215th overall, in the 2003 lottery.

The Bulldogs return to action at 7:35 p.m. on Friday (Dec.15) when they travel to Rochester to take on the Americans at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial.

Hamilton’s next home game is on Friday, Dec. 22 at Copps Coliseum against the Albany River Rats at 7:30 p.m.