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 the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Roy spent his fourth season with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. Frequently paired with Islanders’ prospect Ryan Pulock, the Wheat Kings’ second-leading scorer, Roy scored 11 goals with 33 assists and was -9 with 51 penalty minutes. Five of his nine goals were scored on the power play. The Wheat Kings finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Roy scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. He joined the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat in April following his WHL season but did not appear in any games.
2014-15: Roy served as Brandon’s alternate captain for a second straight season. He had another solid campaign for the Wheat Kings, putting up 45 points in 66 games during the regular season. In the playoffs, Roy had another 15 points as the Wheat Kings fell just short of a WHL title.
He was not offered a qualifying contract by the Flames and would be eligible for re-draft in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Eric Roy is a versatile defender that can provide solid defense, offensive production, physical play, and drop the gloves if necessary. Skating with NHL prospect Ryan Pulock during much of his junior career, he consistently contributed offensively from the back end. At the same time Roy provides leadership and stability from the blue line. His skating and overall technical skills are average and will need to continue to improve for him to compete at the pro level.
Roy attended training camp with the Flames before being returned to Brandon for an overage season in 2014-15. Now in his fifth WHL season, he is a leader for a Wheat Kings team that has dominated the Eastern Conference. While his offensive numbers have dipped with Pulock no longer in Brandon, Roy has a career-best plus/minus and continues to provide toughness. Playing junior hockey as a 20-year-old he has been predictably dominant against younger players. Long-term Roy projects as a sound, lower pairing defender with some offensive elements. To reach the NHL level he must continue to address his overall technical skill level in every aspect of the game and become more consistent in his positional play.