We Now Know Why Joshua Roy Didn't Get Called Up to The NHL

Published December 5, 2023 at 8:46 PM

Many Montreal Canadiens fans hoped for the call-up of Quebec-born forward Joshua Roy following the long-term injury announcement of Alex Newhook. However, to the dismay of Montreal fans, it was Mitchell Stephens who joined the main club, taking a spot on the team's fourth line.

Despite leading the Laval Rocket in points (tied with Brandon Gignac), Roy is currently unrecognizable compared to his earlier form. After an exceptional start to the season with five goals and seven assists (12 points) in his first six games, Roy is now possibly facing the worst offensive drought of his career.

Joshua Roy has not scored in the last six games for the Rocket, accumulating a worrying -10 plus/minus rating during this period. It's expected for a 20-year-old rookie to have ups and downs, but it's concerning that he has only managed to score in four of his last fourteen games.

Anthony Marcotte, speaking on BPM Sports, expressed concerns, emphasizing the need for Roy to find his offensive rhythm soon.

"I keep a close eye on Joshua Roy's stats; he now has a -10 differential in his last six games. Additionally, he's unable to produce offensively. This is clearly not the same fiery Joshua Roy we saw in the first ten games of the season. He's seriously slowed down, currently in an offensive drought. He's not as involved. He absolutely needs to find his offensive bearings and return to his early season form." - Anthony Marcotte

With Jean-François Houle's Rocket now at the bottom of the North division (five wins, eleven losses, three overtime losses), the coach has shuffled the lines in hopes of reigniting his top attacker. Roy will now play alongside Philippe Maillet and Nathan Légaré in upcoming games.

While Roy's inconsistency is somewhat concerning, there's no need to worry about the Saint-Georges-de-Beauce native. Roy has enough talent to bounce back, and it's only a matter of time before he starts scoring again. However, this probably explains why the management preferred to recall veterans like Joel Armia and Mitchell Stephens, who have more professional experience.

In conclusion, Roy undoubtedly has a promising NHL future, but patience is key for the former Sherbrooke Phoenix and Saint John Sea Dogs player.

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We Now Know Why Joshua Roy Didn't Get Called Up to The NHL

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