By Thomas Harrington
The Ducks chose Kevin Roy in the fourth round three years ago and he just completed his junior season at Northeastern University. For the third season in a row, Roy was Northeastern’s leading scorer.
Roy had a remarkably consistent season at Northeastern; his longest pointless streak was only three games, something that only happened once during the entire season. Overall, he played in 35 games and scored 19 goals and 44 points, 10 points more than any of his teammates last season. He also had several multi-point games, highlighted by scoring two goals and five points in December and a four goal game in February. Roy was far and away Northeastern’s best player last year. Currently, Roy ranks 24th all-time in Northeastern scoring with 124 career points. He is the 34th player in the school’s history to reach the 100 point mark, and only the 21st player to do so in three seasons or less.
Besides leading his team in scoring, he was also one of the top scorers in college hockey last season, ranking third in Hockey East and 12th in the nation in scoring. He was one of only eight players in college hockey to record a five point night last season. He was named the National College Hockey Player of the Month in February, named a Hockey East First Team All-Star, was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award for the second season in a row, was named to the 2015 New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team, and was named to the CCM Second Team All-American, the first Northeastern player since 2009 to be named an All-American.
A year ago, I said that I’d like to see Roy crack the top 10 in scoring in the NCAA, but he was unable to do so. Still, finishing 12th overall is nothing to sneeze at. Roy clearly has great offensive talent, and has used it to dominate in the college ranks over the last three seasons.
This coming season, I just want to see Roy continue his offensive explosion at Northeastern. In the last two seasons, he’s averaged 45 points, and I expect him to match, if not better that mark, this coming season. Besides his offensive numbers, he’ll continue to be one of, if not the best player for Northeastern. He’ll be one of leaders on the ice in terms of maturity as well. His defensive game also improved this past season, and I’d like to see that trend continue.
The biggest hurdle to Roy’s NHL future is his size; he’s only 5’10” and weighs around 170 pounds. His game is built around speed, stick handling, and vision, and if he does want to succeed in Anaheim, he’ll need to put on some muscle but still maintain his speed. Given his high level of skill, I think there are good odds that he is able to do so.
Roy seriously considered turning pro after this season, but in the end, he decided to return to Northeastern for his senior season. Roy clearly has the skills to be in San Diego next year, but he wants one more chance at a national championship before his college career ends. When he is finished after next season, I fully expect the Ducks to sign him to a three-year entry-level contract, and then sign a tryout agreement to join San Diego for the rest of their season. So the earliest we could see him in Anaheim is during the 2016-17 season, but I expect him to spend a fair amount of time in San Diego before trying to crack the Ducks’ lineup. Give him time to adjust to the pro game before making his way to the NHL. Roy has the skill level of a top-six left winger, a position the Ducks have had trouble filling in recent seasons. If he works out, he, along with a couple of other Ducks’ prospects, could make sure that void is filled for a long time to come.
Back in July, Roy gave Ducks’ fans a taste of what he was capable of, with this highlight reel goal. He used his speed to get open and then some amazing hands to bring the puck back between his hands and roof the puck into the top of the net.
My next prospect update will be on Max Friberg.
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