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Road to the NHL Draft: Jeremy Roy

Jeremy Roy

Position: Defenseman

Junior team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

Born: Longueuil, Quebec

Measurables: 6-foot, 188 pounds

2014-15 stats: 46 games, five goals, 38 assists, 43 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 21 (North America)

Lowdown: Roy is increasingly become a familiar face for Canada’s junior teams, including being voted one of the country’s top three players in the under-17 world championships and serving as an alternate captain at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

No matter where he’s playing, he produces. He’s led Sherbrooke defensemen in points during both his seasons, and he did it this season despite missing 22 games due to injury. His hockey IQ allows him to excel at both ends of the rink. His skating ability is top notch, allowing him to control the tempo of the game or make up for the rare positioning miscue.

Roy doesn’t have the ideal size for a blue-liner, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in strength.

He said it: “I'm not the biggest guy, so I need to use my strength smartly. I'm pretty strong for my size so I can throw good hits. But I need to use it more to box players out, that kind of thing." – Roy to Yahoo! Canada Sports.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27.

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