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Get to Know: Derek Roy

by Thomas Willis / Nashville Predators

Derek Roy
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Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

How acquired: Signed to a one-year contract on July 15

Former Clubs: Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues

NHL Totals: 666 GP, 177 G, 315 A, 492 PTS, 367 PIM

Fun Facts: Favorite band: Kings of Leon; Top movie choice: Gladiator; Hidden talent: Plays the drums; Superstition: Always dresses from the left side up

Analysis: Once the Buffalo Sabres go-to-scorer, forward Derek Roy will be one of the top playmakers in the Nashville Predators top-nine forward group. One of the best passers in the NHL, Roy has registered more than 40 assists in multiple seasons. The 31-year-old center also has a nose for the net, however. Roy notched 32 goals with the Sabres in the 2007-08 campaign and lit the lamp 17 times just a few seasons back.

What They’re Saying:

Roy: “Last year wasn’t the greatest from a health perspective, so that’s why I’m coming in here to prove myself again. I’ve been able to help offensively across the course of my career, and that’s what I’d like to do here too.”

“I’ve been skating with Craig Smith and Colin Wilson so far, and I think that’s going well. Obviously nothing is certain with us still in camp, but I think we’ve been able to get some chemistry going and hopefully that will continue.”

Paul Gaustad: “We spent several seasons together in Buffalo and he was our main scorer there. I would describe him as a playmaker with the ability to score at times. As a veteran coming in here, he should be able to help the younger guys and have a bounce-back year.”  

“We did talk before he signed here this summer. We couldn’t talk too much about the system since it’s all new with the new coach, but I did tell him he’d be a great fit here.”

David Poile: “Derek brings us added depth, playmaking ability and experience at center, helping complement our young, developing wingers. He has played in a number of roles, averaging about 19 minutes of ice time throughout his career, and is effective on the power play. He provides our coaching staff with some added skill and maturity down the middle when putting together our lineup for the coming season.”

Photo credit: John Russell

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