Marc-Olivier Roy THW Close-Up:
Date of birth: 11/5/1994
Place of birth: Boisbriand, Quebec
Ht: 5’11″ Wt: 180 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013
THW The Next Ones Rankings (January 2013): 79
THW Warm Room Rankings (April): 73
ISS (May): Not ranked
Future Considerations: Not ranked
Craig Button: 52
Consensus aggregate of several services (NHL Numbers): 76
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He won’t be the tallest guy on the ice, but he may likely be one of the speediest and consistent players at any given time. Marc-Olivier Roy’s bread and butter comes from his nonstop effort every shift and his powerful skating. His body doesn’t overpower anyone, but his balance is key when laying body checks on opponents.
Roy’s will to win is prevalent every time his skate blades hit the ice. He’s a fearless forechecker/backchecker and boasts a well-rounded game. Roy has played for his hometown team, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the past two seasons. His numbers have gone up from 37 points last year to 67 points this year. With the increase in points, Roy has become as effective on the offensive side of the puck as he has been defensively.
His shot speed is average, but his accuracy is very solid. He is diligent in the traffic areas and around the net. Roy plays a balanced game that goes between simple and fancy. He does get caught out of position too much for my liking and doesn’t commit at the correct times, but with a little help and proper coaching, it is a relatively easy solution to a common problem.
Where Will He End Up In June:
Marc-Olivier Roy will probably be a 2nd or 3rd round selection.
“Marc-Olivier Roy has brought everything a hockey team can ask for from a forward this year, and despite not having the physical talents of some players ranked behind him, the total package Roy brings sees him at #8 in TSR’s December rankings. Roy plays 1st line, 1st powerplay and 2nd PK minutes for a deep Armada team with coach Jean-Francois Houle, who is very strict with regards to compete level and defensive play. That alone tells you alot about Roy as a prospect. Roy has a quick, tidy stride and has great agility and footwork. He competes on the boards despite being undersized and is very dangerous on the rush offensively. Roy will only keep rising if he continues his good production and consistent efforts in both ends.”
“Wasn’t a prolific scorer, but this season he surpassed last years goal totals by early November,a continued on with 67 points in 65 games. A full game motor like the energizer bunny. He possesses excellent speed, and plays in all situations. He has a larger frame that could fill out even more. Has good size, strong motor, and a good hockey IQ.”
Bill Placzek – DraftSite.com
“Hard work pays off for Roy. Though only average sized, he keeps his motor running and his legs moving at all times on the ice and is a solid player because of it. A great skater who will fight through traffic to make a play, Roy has soft hands and a quick release. Creative in the offensive zone, he also has some great defensive instincts, but will benefit by getting stronger.”
Marc-Olivier Roy has not played for Team Canada in any tournament.
Risk: 2/5 Reward: 4/5
2nd/3rd line energy center/winger
Going to traffic areas
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
Not overcommitting to a play
Fantasy Hockey Potential:
Offensive: 6/10 Defensive: 5/10
NHL Player Comparison:
– Roy’s game is almost a spitting image of Kris Versteeg’s of the Florida Panthers.
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