Alex Roach
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Alex Roach

Hometown:

Quensel British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-19

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

227 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Alex Roach skated in four games for the Quesnell Millionaires of the BCHL while spending the majority of the season with the Cariboo Cougars in British Columbia midget hockey. He had no points and 2 PMs in limited action with the Millionaires. In 40 games with the Cougars he scored 6 goals with 15 assists and 68 PMs and had 2 assists with 16 PMs in four playoff games. Roach was selected for the 2010 Major Midget League All Star Game.

2010-11: Roach skated in 61 games for the Calgary Hitmen in his first season in the WHL. After starting the season as a healthy scratch and then seeing some time at forward to get acclimated to the faster page of major junior hockey, Roach was logging significant ice time for the Hitmen and attracting the attention of scouts with his physical play. Roach finished with 4 goals 12 assists and was -24 plus/minus (Calgary had the WHL’s worst record and won just 20 games) with 77 PMs. Ranked 142nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Roach was not selected in the 2011 NHL Draft but was invited to the Kings camp and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Los Angeles in September, 2011.

2011-12: Roach returned to Calgary for a second season of junior hockey with the Hitmen after his impressive performance in Kings camp. On a much-improved Calgary squad he put up nearly identical offensive numbers to the previous season – scoring 4 goals with 18 assists (two more assists than in 2010-11). Three of his 4 goals were scored on the power play and he finished with 78 penalty minutes. Calgary went from last place to second in the Central Division and Roach’s plus-minus reflected that improvement: he was plus-eight after finishing minus-24 the previous year. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes in the five game playoff series with Brandon.

2012-13: Roach was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Calgary Hitmen and had the team’s top plus/minus (+42) in his third WHL season. He scored 15 goals with 34 assists and had 72 penalty minutes in 62 games. Calgary finished second in the Central Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against first-place Edmonton. Roach scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 12 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

2013-14: Roach attended training camp with the Kings and played in three games with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign before being returned to the Calgary Hitmen for an overage season. He re-joined the Reign in April following the WHL playoffs — appearing in two games. In five ECHL games he had 3 assists and was +3 with no penalties. Roach was an assistant captain in his fourth season with Calgary and scored 12 goals with 32 assists, finishing +22 with 59 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games.  Tied with the eventual Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings with 103 points in the regular season, the Hitmen finished first in the Central Division based on more wins. Kootenay defeated Calgary in a six-game first round playoff series. Roach scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes in six playoff games. 

2014-15: Roach skated for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign in his first season of pro hockey. He scored 2 goals with 14 assists and was +16 with 51 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. The Reign finished second in the Pacific Division and reached the Western Conference Finals against the Utica Comets. Roach scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +9 with 28 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games.

2015-16: Roach attended training camp with the Kings before being assigned to Los Angeles’ re-located ECHL affiliate Manchester in his second pro season. Roach was among the leaders in points and penalty minutes for the defense corps with the East Division-leading Monarchs in the regular season.

Talent Analysis

Roach has impressive size and is not afraid to use it both during play and between the whistles. He loves to play the body but is fairly disciplined and does not take a lot of penalties. He has a decent shot and a good awareness of when to jump into the play and when to play conservatively. He could probably stand to improve his consistency, skating, and defensive game. Roach put up tremendous numbers in his final two seasons with the Calgary Hitmen. His production more than doubled in his those seasons but Calgary was a fantastic team and Roach was a an older player playing against teenagers.

Future

Roach continues to log minutes in the ECHL in 2015-16 — skating for the Manchester Monarchs as the Kings basically flip-flopped their AHL and ECHL affiliates. The AHL's Ontario Reign have a deep group of defensemen with several minor league veterans and Roach has yet to get re-called. Signed as a free agent at training camp in 2011, he enters the third year of his original entry-level contract in 2016-17. He has shown some potential in his first two seasons but the fact that he is still playing in the ECHL is a concern. Roach's combination of size and strength with a raw edge suggests he can be an effective lower pairing defenseman.

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