Canadiens Prospect Report: Joshua Roy Dominant In Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy is a difficult player to analyze.
It’s not that he lacks skill. If anything, he’s rather bored with the quality of competition in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
But now that the playoffs are well underway, Roy, who has a penchant for stepping up his level of play during crucial games, has plenty of motivation to work with, which has led to a rather impressive scoring rate.
Roy scored 10 points for the Sherbrooke Phoenix in their first-round sweep of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, which placed him among the most productive players in the league.
Joshua Roy is on one today. Nearly pulls off a wild goal here. pic.twitter.com/p2SZyLBUMV
— Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) April 16, 2023
And now that the Phoenix have advanced to the second round, Roy has turned it up a notch, earning eight points in the first two games against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, including a six-point effort in game two.
The fantastic performance, which included a hat trick, means that Roy now leads the entire QMJHL in scoring during the 2022-23 playoffs, with nine goals and nine assists in six games.
Hatty for #gohabsgo Joshua Roy. Catches the goalie napping off the face off and then asks the crowd for their hats.
This kid is something. pic.twitter.com/WEJLaOOFrK
— Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) April 16, 2023
More Montreal Canadiens prospect news and highlights
- Riley Kidney registered 11 points in just five games during the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. Now that the Gatineau Olympiques have advanced to the second round, the team keeps dominating, but Kidney’s production has slowed down slightly, to the tune of two assists in the first two games of the series versus the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Gatineau won both games of the series with an identical 5-0 score.
🚨 BUT EN A.N. | P.P. GOAL ❗️
SON 10e BUT DES SÉRIES!
HIS 10th GOAL OF THE PLAYOFFS!
🗣️ ALEXIS GENDRON! | @NHLFlyers
🍎 Riley Kidney | @CanadiensMTL
🍏 Tristan Luneau | @AnaheimDucks
ROU | 0-1 | GAT#goOLgo♠️ pic.twitter.com/NeFi6JCRaC
— Olympiques de Gatineau (@OlympiquesGAT) April 15, 2023
- Canadiens prospects Flip Mesar and Logan Mailloux are in the midst of a one-sided second-round series between their respective teams. The London Knights are well on their way to avenging their series loss to the Kitchener Rangers in the playoffs last season thanks to two convincing wins. Mesar earned an assist for the Rangers in both losses, whereas Logan Mailloux earned a goal and two assists for the Knights. Mailloux now has eight points in just six playoff games.
Logan Mailloux scores less than a minute in! 👀
The @CanadiensMTL prospect nets his third of the playoffs and the @LondonKnights strike first in Game 2 🎥#OHLPlayoffs | #LDNvsKIT pic.twitter.com/YLzQXzRR8e
— Ontario Hockey League (@OHLHockey) April 14, 2023
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This kid Roy may be the best teenager out of the Qmjhl to play for the Habs since Lafleur. He should be top 6 maybe as early as next year based on his strong 2 way play . Four teenagers like Roy , Slafkovsky, Hutson and Engstrom make for a very bright future.
Don’t forget Bedard or Fantalli (fingers crossed).
I would love to see Joshua Roy play with Caufield and Suzuki, but I’m willing to wait until he’s ready. Roy has proven that he can play with better players (e.g. Bedard) during the last WJC-20 and find ways to complement them. Caufield and Suzuki need a teammate who can recover pucks and be responsible defensively. That’s what Roy did for what became Team Canada’s most productive line 5-on-5. Roy also plays physical and he completes his body checks. He’s quite efficient when forechecking. Roy is quite smart (according to Bedard: “one of the most intelligent players he’s ever played with“); most often, he’ll be where he needs to be. He’s not afraid to go in the high-danger areas. Given that he already has an NHL-caliber shot, goalies who would want to cheat to cover Caufield on the LW, will discover a new threat on the RW. Roy is a sniper who can score from almost anywhere in the offensive zone, including from about the goal line; but he can make fantastic plays also, like on the last WJC-20 gold medal winning goal. So, yes with such talent, I want to see him help the Canadiens, but he needs to adapt to the NHL pace first.
Being physically ready for the NHL game will be key for Roy . We saw with Suzuki who was also breaking in at 20 that he was able to adapt despite not being that fast himself. Sometimes there is an advantage to playing with a Dach or Suzuki too over the AHL centers, where a skilled player like Roy is involved. The70s teams would do that with high end skill like Shutt , Gainey and Lafleur.
I’m torn. I’d like to see Roy dominate all the way to a Memorial Cup victory, but I’d also like to see him in Laval helping the Rocket try to win the Calder Cup. I guess we can watch him win the Memorial Cup this year and then the Calder Cup next year. 😁
very happy to see some of the prospects gaining some traction.. makes me feel comfortable going forward with this rebuild.. GHG
How can a fifth round NHL draft pick be so good?
Age matters a lot when playing junior. His August 6 birthday meant that he was amongst the youngest of his draft class.