Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his annual rankings of the top 30 draft-eligible prospects. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 26-27.
|(Photo Credit: Getty Images) |#19 – JEREMY ROY
Defenseman, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
5’11.75”, 185 lbs.
A smooth and efficient puck-moving rearguard, Roy has been a standout performer since entering the QMJHL two seasons ago with the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix.
In a draft class full of skilled, two-way defenders with average frames, Roy stands out with surprising upper-body strength that sees him contain larger forwards in front of his goal and win the majority of his corner battles.
Roy is fluid, agile skater who can carve in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed and find space to wire low, hard shots at the direction of the goal. He dictates a pro pace from his defensive post, while his vision, decision-making and passing skills are highly developed for his level of experience.
He’s not only productive but also physical, smartly using his body and stick to separate the opposition from the puck, often times with authority.
After amassing five goals and 43 points in 46 games with Sherbrooke, Roy played big minutes for Team Canada at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship, scoring three goals and adding one assist while being named one of Canada’s top three players in the tournament. All three of his goals came in Canada’s 11-6 victory over Latvia to open the tournament. On the down side, he registered a team-low minus-6.
Teams are always in search of mobile defenders who can be relied on to play mistake-free hockey. Roy has the makeup to be that type of impact performer.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.