2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #29 - Jeremy Roy
Jeremy Roy is the best defender out of the QMJHL this year, but where will he end up in the first round? He'll bring a solid two-way game to whichever team drafts him.
Current Team: Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL
Date of Birth: May 14, 1997
Place of Birth: Longueuil, QC, Canada
Weight: 183 lbs
Jeremy Roy isn't at the top of the draft boards for defensemen, but he will bring a strong two-way game to whichever team selects him in June. He's had the misfortune of being on a mediocre team in the Q, though he did help his team to the playoffs this past season after struggling mightily a year earlier. Roy is the best defenseman coming of the QMJHL this draft, bar none. You will see below that he has been selected as a captain or assistant for several teams and even represented Canada at the World Juniors. He still needs to add muscle to his frame, but he brings a complete game to the table.
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 high-percentage hockey and is a catalyst for positive plays in all three zones. - Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects
An offensively gifted defenseman who is solid in the defensive zone…has a real smooth stride and is pretty mobile…very mature game with strong positioning and smart with the puck…tough to separate from it as he has a heavy stick…makes terrific passes and rarely has anything intercepted…has a good point shot as well and he gets it on net…has the vision and creativity to QB a PP…solid defensively, using his smarts and his strong stick to break up plays and take away chances…uses his strength on defense to play physically down low and contain his man…used in all situations…a big presence on the ice and slows down the play when the puck is on his stick. - Future Considerations
A Good Fit in Columbus?
The Blue Jackets may not be in the position to pick Roy - he is projected to go in the mid-to-late first round - but he would be a really good for Columbus. He's a right-handed defenseman and he brings a nice all-around game. Roy could easily project to a top pair should he continue to grow his game. Some have even compared him to Ryan Suter, which is certainly high praise. Should Jarmo trade back from #8 and pick up a later first round pick or trade back up into the first round, Jeremy Roy would be a very sensible pick.
Roy in Action