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Fantasy Summary

The rangy center projects as a middle-six forward with the ability to play in all situations.


Observations

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March 2020 – Roy is a big-bodied center, who has been playing in both Vegas and Chicago and is currently in Vegas. He isn’t the fleetest-of-foot but he’s no sloth. He has good hands, awareness and uses his body well while averaging 10:27 TOI. He’s seen a two-minute increase in TOI over the last five games while adding a goal and an assist. He plays a simple game and is rarely out of position. With the uncertainty regarding Mark Stone’s injury, Roy may see his role increase. Danny McGillicuddy

June 2019 – Roy was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights as a part of a deal that sent Erik Haula to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Knights were substantially over the salary cap ceiling days before the start of free agency and needed to shed some salary. This may give Roy more opportunity as a depth pivot for Vegas because of his low salary and ability to post points in a depth role. A lot can happen over the course of the summer, so keep a close eye on Vegas’ cap implications in the coming months. Mason Black

March 2019 – After a good developmental season in 2017-18, Roy was hot out of the gate to start the year with 26 points in his first 33 games. Although the second half of the campaign has not gone as well as the first from a scoring perspective, the center has been exposed to playoff-level intensity down the stretch. Roy will be an NHL player, but like most prospects, many times his deployment will determine his fantasy value. Sebastian Aho’s success at the center position this season, and Martin Necas’s likelyhood of filling a pivot role long term, means Roy is likely looking at a third line role in the vein of a Jordan Staal. He ticks up a bit in leagues that carry face-off wins and hits as categories. Kevin LeBlanc

 

May 2018 – Roy had a solid first professional season after graduating from the junior ranks in 2017-18.  His 38 points ranked 22nd in the AHL among debutants last season, proving that his scoring was not limited to playing against peers his own age. He played well enough to earn his first call up to the NHL late in the season for the Canes, and looked no worse for wear both on the forecheck and in possession. His fantasy value is going to be higher in multi-cat leagues due to his face-off ability and his willingness to get his nose dirty down low. This coming season is a big one for the Quebec native as he continues to progress towards an NHL career. Kevin LeBlanc

February 2017 – As one of Carolina’s highest-upside prospects, Roy has not missed a beat since returning from the World Juniors. He has 18 points in his last eight games, including seven in two games since the calendar turned to February. His scoring pace for Chicoutimi is slightly up for a year ago moving from 1.42 points-per-game in 2015-16 to 1.55 so far this season. Hockey fans everywhere were able to see Roy’s all-around game at the WJC’s as he was one of Canada’s most consistent forwards at the tournament.  Kevin LeBlanc

June 2016 – Roy took a big step forward in his development during the 2015-16 season. He potted a league leading 48 goals for Chicoutimi while remaining one of the leagues top face-off men. The two-way center signed a three-year entry-level contract with Carolina in April. Kevin LeBlanc

November 2015 – Nicolas was a player that stood out to me at this summer’s prospect camp in Raleigh. He already has an NHL frame that he will continue filling out with muscle, and looks to be a potential steal for the Canes in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. The former first overall pick in the QMJHL had a decent season for Chicoutimi last year, but appears to be breaking out offensively in 2015-16 as he takes on a larger role for the Saguenéens. After tallying 50 points last season, Roy is on pace for close to 100 this season with 27 points in his first 19 games.  Kevin LeBlanc

June 2015 – Projected as a potential second-round selection, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Nicolas Roy with the 96th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

March 2015 – Drafted first overall at the 2013 QMJHL draft, Nicolas Roy was an absolute force at the Under-17 tournament for Quebec looking like a bonafid number one centerman. More recently, Roy has played more as a two-way pivot, demonstrating high levels of hockey sense, a determined 200-foot pursuit and the size and power to wear down opposing teams. His production has been all over the map but that could also be chalked up to Chicoutimi’s awful goals for totals. Offensively, Roy tends to error on the side of caution committing to his defensive assignments rather than pushing for offensive chances. It is this tendency that suggests he may be more comfortable carving out a bottom-six role than an offensive one. Whether you consider Roy a 1st line player or two-way presence in the top-nine, he holds good value as a future NHLer; Brendan Ross

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 5, 1997
Height 6‘4”
Weight 210 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 96

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies U15 AAMMBAA- - -- -|        
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies U15 AABig Nickel Bantam4 0 33 4|        
 2011-2012 Amos ForestiersQMAAA43 13 1831 30|Playoffs7 1 23
 2012-2013 Amos ForestiersQMAAA27 15 1833 24|        
  Team Québec White QGC-165 3 25 4|        
 2013-2014 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL63 16 2541 19|Playoffs4 0 22
  Canada Québec U17WHC-176 2 79 4|        
 2014-2015 Team Red U18-Dev3 1 23 2|        
  Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL68 16 3450 40|Playoffs5 2 35
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 0|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 45 2|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 3 36 6|        
 2015-2016 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL63 48 4290 71|Playoffs6 3 47 16 
  Charlotte CheckersAHL2 0 00 4|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 1 01 0|        
 2016-2017 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL53 36 4480 46|Playoffs17 8 1321 14 
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 01 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 3 14 0|        
 2017-2018 Carolina HurricanesNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Charlotte CheckersAHL70 11 2738 37|Playoffs8 0 33
 2018-2019 Carolina HurricanesNHL6 0 00 2|        
  Charlotte CheckersAHL69 17 1936 28|Playoffs19 6 915 14 
 2019-2020 Vegas Golden KnightsNHL28 5 510 8|Playoffs20 1 78
  Chicago WolvesAHL27 7 1522 10|        

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