2008-09: Eric Roy was the ninth player taken in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft after skating for Meadow Lake in northern Saskatchewan; going to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round.
2009-10: Roy played for the Prince Albert Mintos midget team in Saskatchewan as a 15-year-old. In 40 games he scored 9 goals with 25 assists and had 30 penalty minutes. Roy was the leading scorer amongst Mintos defensemen in the SMHL playoffs, finishing with 5 goals and 3 assists in eight games.
2010-11: Roy skated in 49 games for Brandon in his first WHL season. He scored 4 goals with 15 assists and was plus-11 with 15 penalty minutes. The Wheat Kings finished third in the East Division and Roy was an even plus/minus with 3 assists in the six-game playoff series with Medicine Hat.
2011-12: Roy returned to Brandon for his second season and he and teammate Ryan Pulock were among the top offensive defensemen in the WHL. Roy scored 11 goals with 42 assists (one more than Pulock) and was minus-one with 55 penalty minutes in 69 games. Brandon finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. In nine playoff games Roy scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-two with 9 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Roy ended the season as Brandon’s fourth-leading scorer, frequently skating alongside overage veteran Tyler Yaworski. The Wheat Kings’ roster was in flux throughout the season as Brandon finished with the WHL’s third worst record. Roy scored 17 goals with 22 assists in 72 games and was minus-32 with 37 penalty minutes. He was ranked 41st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Eric Roy is a versatile defender that can provide solid defense, offensive production, physical play, and drop the gloves if necessary. In two seasons with the Wheat Kings, Roy produced 96 points from the back end. Roy can also provide leadership and stability from the blue line.
Roy will return to Brandon for the 2013-14 campaign as he continues to develop his game for the next level. Returning for his third season will give Roy the opportunity of being a leader on the team and develop this part of his game as well. Roy will have to get stronger physically and as a skater, in order to become an effective defender at the pro level.