2015 NHL Draft Profiles: Jeremy Roy

Jeremy Roy – 6’0,185 lbs right-shot defenseman from the Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

Jeremy Roy Rankings

  • #23 by ISS Hockey
  • #24 by McKeen’s Hockey
  • #13 by Future Considerations
  • #22 by NHL Central Scouting
  • #29 by Bob McKenzie

Jeremy Roy Strengths

  • A two-way defenseman with fantastic offensive instincts that will facilitate his development as an excellent powerplay quarterback.
  • Roy’s low center of gravity makes it hard to separate him from the puck.  He uses this to his advantage to either move aggressively up the ice or calmly maintain puck control to set up the right play.
  • Utilizes excellent gap control, positioning and a physicality borne of his stocky frame to fend off attackers.  Has a high level of awareness and overall hockey IQ that maximize his inherent puck-moving skills in all three zones.

Jeremy Roy Criticisms

  • Skating is in no ways a weakness for Roy, as he has smooth blade work and an excellent top gear.  All told, he is an outstanding skater.  However, he could use some work on his first stride and accelerating to said top gear as soon as possible.
  • Can be somewhat over-aggressive when the opposition is transitioning on offense.

The Verdict

  • Big minute powerplay quarterback – Roy has the potential to be a true powerplay quarterback in the NHL that can be played in all situations.  Stylistic comparisons to Drew Doughty and John Carlson are apt, as his on-ice smarts, skills and personality allow for him to be a two-way force from the blueline for his team.
  • Draft day – Roy’s stock has risen as high as the top ten this year.  He may very well be gone in the mid to high teens, before the Leafs ever get a sniff of him at #24.  However, his injury this season resulted in a drop in some scouts’ eyes and many rankings have him right in the neighbourhood of Toronto’s second pick in the first round.  At #24, the Leafs would be very lucky to grab this right handed blueliner to round out a future top four that currently features lefties Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly.

Jeremy Roy Career Notes

  • According to The Projection Project, Roy is statistically the third “safest” (best bet to contribute at the NHL level) defenseman in this draft.
  • Raymond Lagace Trophy for Defensive Rookie of the Year in the QMJHL 2013-2014.
  • QMJHL All Rookie Team 2013-2014.
  • Played for Team Canada in the 2014-2015 Ivan Hlinka and U18 World Junior Tournament.
  • Scored a hat trick with 7 SOG for Team Canada at the U18s.

Jeremy Roy Interview

Courtesy of The Pipeline Show:

On becoming a defenceman at a young age:
I played one year as a forward. I was novice; I was pretty young, then after I switched to become a defenceman.

Obviously, as a D man, you need to have a good hockey sense and to read the game well. That’s my biggest asset. For sure it has helped me through my whole career, being able to see the game maybe faster than the other guys. It helped me through my whole career.

On the high expectations of being picked fourth in the QMJHL draft:
I’ve always been a guy that puts the most pressure on myself. I am trying not to put the pressure from others on myself. I have enough of my own pressure. I’m trying to keep the fan pressure or my parents or my friends’ pressure out of the picture and just use my pressure and the coaches’ pressure.

On a successful rookie season in 2013-14 and the jump from midget AAA to major junior:
It’s definitely a big step. I think, with the organization we had in Sherbrooke and the players, it went faster than I thought. All the coaching staff, they gave me a lot of ice time right from the beginning. I played over 25 minutes all year long. When you’re playing as a 16 year old over 25 minutes it is easy to get confidence and it is easy to adapt yourself to the League.

On describing himself as a player:
I would say I am a two-way defenceman. I can bring good offense, I have good skills, I have good hockey sense, but I am not dangerous in my own zone. I can do the job in my own zone. I always played against the best lines in junior. I can do the job in my own zone and still bring offense, too.

On the drop from 14 goals his rookie season to 5 in 2014-15:
Last year I played as the shooter on the 1-3-1; so, players knew that last year I had 14 goals as a 16 year old, so this year I had maybe fewer shooting lanes. When I was faking the shot, it opened up my teammates. Carl Neil I think had 15 goals this year; we were partners. I think that’s the difference between the number of goals and assists I had the last two years.

On being drafted into the KHL:
I thought it was a joke. I tried to look it up on the Internet, but I couldn’t find it. For the first two hours, I thought it was a joke. After school, I called my agent and he said, “they drafted you, they haven’t called or anything.” It’s probably just to have my rights if I decide to go there one day.

Jeremy Roy Stats

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2012-13Collge Antoine-Girouard Gaulois AQMAAA4212425418|Playoffs13411156
2013-14Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL6414304423-29|
Canada QuŽbec U17 CWHC-17614517|
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Canada U18WJC-1873142-6

Jeremy Roy Video

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