Matthew Roy

Hometown:

Canton Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-03-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (194th overall), 2015

Weight:

201 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Matthew Roy skated for the Victory Honda U18 team in Michigan. He scored 1 goal with 8 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 37 games. 

2012-13: Roy made his USHL debut — skating in ten games for the Indiana Ice — and was a team captain for the Victory Honda U18 team in his second season. In 10 USHL games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes. Roy scored 12 goals with 21 assists and 62 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games for Victory Honda. In April he committed to playing college hockey at Michigan Tech in 2014-15. 

2013-14: Roy was limited to 24 of 60 regular season games with the eventual Clark Cup champion Indiana Ice; suffering a concussion early in the year and a knee injury later in the season. He scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was +11 with 21 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Ice. Indiana finished first in the Eastern Conference and rolled through the playoffs before a classic best-of-five series with Waterloo in the finals. Roy scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. 

2014-15: Roy stepped right into the lineup for Michigan Tech as a freshman as the Huskies were one of the top teams in college hockey,  winning 29 games for the first time since 1980-81. In 36 games he had 9 assists and was +21 with 22 penalty minutes. Michigan Tech finished second in the WCHA, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA West Regional after falling to first-place Minnesota State in the conference championship game. The Huskies lost to St. Cloud State, 3-2 in overtime, in a regional semifinal game. In his third year of draft eligibility, Roy was not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Los Angeles in the seventh round (194th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

2015-16: Roy added a goal scoring element to his puck moving offensive game in his sophomore season at Michigan Tech. Paired primarily with junior Shane Hanna and seeing time on the Huskies’ power play, he scored seven goals in 36 games heading into the WCHA championship weekend. Michigan Tech finished first in the WCHA in the regular season. 

 

Talent Analysis

Roy is an offensive defenseman who moves the puck well and has an accurate shot from the point. He is adept at quarterbacking the power play and is very good at finding an open teammate or putting the puck into a dangerous area. He is a thickly built player and will use his strength to advantager.

Future

Roy has had a breakout season for Michigan Tech as a sophomore in 2015-16. As with any late round draft pick, he faces long odds at one day reaching the NHL — and Los Angeles is fairly deep in terms of defensemen. The offensive side of Roy's game separates him from some of the other big and physical defensemen in the Kings' pipeline. Roy projects as a middle pairing skating defenseman who is valuable on the power play.

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