Jeremy Roy of the Sherbrooke Phoenix was limited to just 46 games this season due to a lower body injury.
It didn’t limit his opportunity to showcase his skills in advance of the 2015 NHL Draft.
But he wants to be known for more.
"I'm trying not to only let the offence drive my game," Roy told NHL.com. "I'm trying to [grow] my game playing on both sides of the ice, either offence or defence, trying to sometimes shut down the opponents or their best players. Or if we need a goal do that too."
After starting off his QMJHL career by capturing pacing all rookie defencemen in goals (14), assists (30) and points (44) to earn the Raymond Lagace Trophy as the League’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and a spot on the All-Rookie Team, Roy’s sophomore season was even more impressive.
Earning 43 points despite playing in just 46 games, the 18-year-old was a standout on Sherbrooke’s defence.
He also represented Canada on the blue line twice, earning three points in five games en route to capturing a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial last summer, and bronze at the World Under-18 Championship in April, where he scored three goals and added an assist and was selected one of Canada’s three best players by the coaching staff.
The performances, both internationally and at home, have him ranked among some of the elite blueliners in this year’s draft class.
"I'd say motivation [to prove yourself] is there a bit more," Roy said. "But I know there's a lot of good defencemen in this draft. There's a lot of good players. It's a great draft."
Born: May 14, 1997
Hometown: Richelieu, QC
Position: D (Right Shot)
Team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
CSS Rank: 21st among North American Skaters
FC Rank: 13th overall
ISS Rank: 23rd overall
Guillaume Gervais of Future Considerations: “Honestly, I love this guy and he might have been the top defenceman for me all year. Versatile defenceman who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. Plays smart during the powerplay, great quarterback. His shot is as hard as they come. Can shoot laser beams top corner, or distribute to a waiting forward for a quick one-timer.”
Jack Higgins of International Scouting Service: “Smart offensive defender that sees the ice well and move pucks. Defends with a good sick and position. Puck distribution is good with a quality point shot that can get through traffic. Has a chance to develop into a top pairing NHL defender that can run a PP.”
Troy Dumville of Central Scouting: "Jeremy is a very good puck-moving defenceman. He skates well and plays a physical game as well. He had some injuries and suspensions that limited his game total. He's a right shot that often played left side. He can quarterback the power play and he's highly skilled with the puck."
As a lead-in to the 2015 NHL Draft, CalgaryFlames.com will outline potential targets for the Calgary Flames with the 15th overall pick in the first round on draft day on June 26th.