Born: May 14, 1997 Age: 18 Hometown: Richelieu, QC Height: 6’0’’ Weight: 188 Position: D (Right Shot) Team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL) CSS Rank: 21st among North American Skaters
Jeremy Roy is a right-shot defenceman who may be available when the Oilers select 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. Roy had quite the season in the QMJHL, scoring 43 points (5-38-43) in just 46 games.
It was a year that helped him become NHL Central Scouting’s 21st-ranked North American skater, their sixth-best North American blueliner.
Roy is one of the best QMJHL defenceman in a deep draft for the league. He’s considered undersized at 6-foot-0, 188 pounds; however, he’s offensively gifted with great hockey sense.
“Undersized but he has an oversized brain,” a scout said, according to The Hockey News.
Roy can quarterback the power play. He was seventh in the QMJHL this season in power-play assists with 26.
“Honestly, I love this guy and he might have been the top defenceman for me all year,” a scout said, per Future Considerations.
“Versatile defenceman who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. Plays smart during the power play, 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.”
Roy helped his stock with a big 2015 Under-18 World Championship. He had three goals and an assist in seven games. He recorded a hat trick in a win over Latvia.
His coaches named him one of Canada’s top three players.
Scouts believe he has the potential to be a top-four offensive defenceman in the NHL He is likely to go somewhere in the middle of the first round.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Future Considerations: “Roy is a pretty pure offensive defenceman. He shows great poise and composure when opposing forwards forecheck. He is effective, shows great vision and passing skills when he makes a great outlet pass to begin the breakout. His strength is certainly in his passing. He passes tape-to-tape and hits teammates in stride. He likes to rush the puck and does it pretty effectively, but he does struggle a little bit at top speeds through the neutral zone.”
Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects: “Jeremy Roy is a gifted two-way defenceman that establishes his presence on the ice through playing authoritative hockey, with and without the puck. His absolute and total awareness of other players’ positions on the ice is a testament to his incredible knowledge of the game. Roy possesses the intangibles of maturity and character that can’t be taught, as well as the individual skill that turns heads every time he is on the ice. All-in-all, a highly intelligent defenceman that plays a high-percentage hockey and is a catalyst for positive plays in all three zones.”
More from Elite Prospects: “When talking to scouts about Jeremy Roy, the name Duncan Keith often shows up in the same sentence; the offensive and defensive traits embodied by the Chicago Blackhawks star defenceman seem to be akin to what the young Roy aspires to.”