Big statement from Joshua Roy of the Montreal Canadiens, who promises big things for the future

Published July 25, 2023 at 9:00 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
When the Montreal Canadiens selected Joshua Roy at the 150th overall pick in the 2021 draft, no one could have anticipated such a rapid progression from the forward in just two years.

He has become one of the top prospects in the QMJHL, finishing as the league's leading scorer in 2022 and ranking 8th this year with several games fewer than most players in the top 10.

However, what has been even more notable this season is the quality of his play on both ends of the ice. He has transformed into not just an offensive force but also a two-way player, which is a highly valuable skill for his transition to professional hockey.

During the last World Junior Championship, Connor Bedard praised Roy's qualities and hockey intelligence, even stating that he was the player on Team Canada who impressed him the most. This is a highly flattering statement from the most recent first overall pick in the NHL.


In a statement released by the Montreal Canadiens, Joshua Roy made a big declaration about the work he has put in over the past two seasons, which bodes well for his future career.

"This year and last year, I watched a lot of videos on defensive aspects with my assistant coach. It's good to see what you're doing well and what you're doing wrong. Then, you try to incorporate that into your game. I think it worked for me. I think I improved a lot in that area. Of course, I still have to work on it. It's always getting harder and I have to continue to get better, so I'll keep working on it."

Joshua Roy

The 19-year-old left-winger will strive to make a strong impression during the upcoming Canadiens' training camp. Due to the surplus of forwards in Montreal, Roy will begin his professional career with the Laval Rocket. He will have the opportunity to acclimate himself at his own pace in the next level, as he will play with a talented young team in the Canadiens' farm club.

Even though he may start in the AHL, his future in the Montreal organization is bright. It's worth mentioning that in recent days, he has even been compared to Ondrej Palat for his well-rounded game in all aspects of play.


Source: Fanadiens.com
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