The Vancouver Canucks completed a trade with the Dallas Stars Tuesday for centre Derek Roy, sending defensive prospect Kevin Connauton and a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to the Lone Star State.
Roy has played in 30 games this season with Dallas, picking up four goals and 18 assists, including six points in his last five games. The 5-foot-9 centre is in his ninth NHL season, most of which he spent with the Buffalo Sabres where he recorded four 20+ goal seasons.
The Ottawa native rocketed out the gates as rookie in 2004 with Buffalo, scoring nine goals and adding 10 assists, earning an invitation to the 2004 NHL YoungStars Game. Three years later, in 2007, Roy led the Sabres in scoring for the first of three consecutive seasons recording 81 points, following that up with campaigns of 70 and 69 points respectively.
Roy was drafted 32nd overall by the Sabres in 2001 after a tremendous junior career with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. He captained the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup in 2003, picking up MVP honours with 32 points in 21 games.
He has played in 41 career NHL playoff games, all with Buffalo, scoring seven goals and 18 assists. During the Sabres' run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2006, Roy finished third on his club in scoring with 15 points in 18 games as a 22-year-old.
Roy has also represented Canada three times, playing in the World Junior Championships in 2003 in addition to two appearances in the World Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Schroeder to Wolves
Jordan Schroeder is returning to the Chicago Wolves after a nine game call-up, during which time he scored one goal and had three assists.
This marks the second time this season that Schroeder has been re-assigned to Chicago. Earlier this year the Prior Lake, Minnesota, native played 22 games with the Canucks before heading to Chicago for a three-game stint where he scored four points.
The 2009 Canucks first rounder has 23 points in 33 games with Chicago this season, while picking up three goals, including two game-winners and six assists with the Canucks.
Connauton a Star
Heading to Dallas in return for Derek Roy is Kevin Connauton, who was originally drafted by the Canucks in 2009, 83rd overall out of the University of Western Michigan.
Connauton is a high-scoring defenceman who dominated with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL after transfering from the NCAA. The Edmonton native scored 72 points in 69 games with the Giants before making the leap to professsional hockey with the Manitoba Moose in 2011.
Connauton was seleceted to the 2012 AHL All-Star game on the strength of a 13 goal, 33 point campaign. This season with the Wolves Connauton is second on the team in defensive scoring with 25 points in 60 games along with 67 penalty minutes.