Drafted high in the QMJHL bantam draft, Dany Roussin started his QMJHL career struggling in his rookie season while playing with Sherbrooke (10 goals, 14 assists in 66 games). He continued to struggle early on in his second season in Sherbrooke before being dealt midway through the year to the Rimouski Oceanic. Upon arriving in Rimouski Roussin broke out with 12 goals, 26 assists for 38 points in 38 games. His successful turnaround generated enough interest in him that the Panthers used their tenth choice in the draft (223rd overall) to select him in the 2003 Entry Draft.
2003-04: Roussin’s numbers skyrocketed as he played on Rimouski’s top line with hugely hyped 2005-eligible Sidney Crosby. While overshadowed by his linemate, Roussin had a spectacular season, totalling 117 points in 66 games.
2004-05: Completed his juniors eligibility with a stunning offensive season in Rimouski. Showed high-end goal scoring ability – second in the league in goals with 54 and points with 116. After a failed contract signing with Florida, Roussin went back into the 2005 draft to be picked up by Los Angeles. Immediately signed a contract and will likely be skating in Manchester next season.
2005-06: His first season in professional hockey was either a success or disappointment, depending upon how you look at it. Roussin dominated the ECHL with 45 points in 41 games. But he scored only six points in 29 games for Manchester. A second round pick for the Kings, even at the age of 21, should be showing better offensive skills for a scoring forward than he has, especially one that is lacking in other intangibles.
2006-07: Split time between Manchester of the AHL and Reading of the ECHL. Scored six points in 15 games with the Monarchs and added 25 points in 47 games with the Royals. Neither point total with either squad is something to write home about as Roussin was leaped on the depth charts by nearly every forward in the Kings farm system. With few intangibles, when Roussin is not scoring, there is little else Roussin can significantly contributed to the team.
Read Hockey’s Future’s 2004 feature on Roussin here.
Roussin is a thin, shifty player. He has excellent speed which allows him to find the open spaces on the ice. He has a natural goalscorer's instinct and is not afraid to shoot the puck in any circumstance. Although a great deal of his success can be attributed to having the opportunity to play along Crosby, Roussin showed during the time that Crosby was off playing at the World Junior that he could produce on his own as well. Using his speed alongside solid puck-handling skills and a great shot, Roussin is a sniper at the QMJHL level.
This section contributed to by Matt McInnis
Roussin joins the professional ranks with the Kings after spending several seasons playing alongside Sidney Crosby. The question surrounding Roussin on draft day: how much did playing alongside the best hockey prospect in the world affect Roussin's play? Through the 2006-07 season, Roussin has shown very little that would warrant the second round selection the Kings used to draft him. He will need to show something soon at the AHL level or he may follow former Kings prospect Yannick Lehoux out the door after immense expectations.