This is part 7 of my Prospect File series where I update you guys’ on Hockey’s Future’s Top 20 Anaheim Ducks prospects. This will be a daily series that will hopefully end before the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I will also be doing a series on possible players the Ducks will take with their first round pick. Part 6 was on goalie Frederik Andersen. So, next up in part 7 is #14 on HF’s Top 20, center Kevin Roy.
The Anaheim Ducks selected Kevin Roy, the youtube hit, in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. At the time Roy was putting up some insane numbers for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. Only 54 goals and 50 assists for 104 points in 59 games. He was originally committed to play college hockey for Brown University, but later changed his choice to Northeastern University. In his freshman year, Roy had a lot to live up to and did so very well. In 29 games for Northeastern, Roy registered 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points. He was named to the NCAA Hockey East All-Rookie Team for his efforts. He had outstanding offensive skill, including great hands, vision and creativity. He reminds me of Daniel Briere. Both are smaller guys with incredible offensive instincts that lack much of a defensive side to their game. You would expect him to be extremely valuable on the PP and if he can continue to hone his skills he could definitely wind up in the NHL with his talent. For the fourth round, he could be one of the steals of the draft. SLEEPER.
Weight: 170 lbs.
“The USHL standout for the Lincoln Stars took his first step into the NCAA this year, and he passed the test successfully. In 2012-13 with Northeastern University, Roy had 34 points in 29 games and was named to the NCAA Hockey East All-Rookie Team. He is not the biggest guy at 5’10 and 170 pounds, but he has tremendous offensive flair, stickhandling, vision, and creativity. While his size is less than desirable, Roy is showing that he can make a significant impact in spite of that. His defensive game could use some work, but his stock is definitely on the rise after a very impressive rookie season with the Huskies. If he can build on that moving forward Roy could definitely turn into a steal as a fourth round selection.”
Next up in the series will be defenseman Andy Welinski.