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Montreal Canadiens background with former NHL general manager Craig Button
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Another Top-Six Forward Already in the Canadiens Organization? Former NHL General Manager and Prospect Expert Makes a Major Statement

Published January 18, 2024 at 4:19 PM
BY AARON

Whether liked or not, Craig Button is an expert when it comes to young talents and prospects in the NHL.

Before becoming a popular analyst at TSN, he had an extensive career in hockey as a scouting director, vice president, and general manager in the National Hockey League. Although his opinions don't always align with everyone's, he is one of the most respected experts in the media for analyzing young players.

During an appearance on Tony Marinaro's podcast, Button discussed the case of Joshua Roy with the Montreal Canadiens. Without any bias towards the CH that could inflate his assessment, Button made a significant statement about the 20-year-old Quebecer's potential to become a top-6 forward.

"No doubt in my mind, I have zero doubt. I think he has an elite IQ, I think he has strong skills, and I think he can be a top-tier top-6 forward in both ends of the ice." - Craig Button



Wow!

According to Button, there is no doubt that the player from Beauce will be playing on one of the team's top two lines in the coming years.

Since his selection in the 5th round of the 2021 draft, Roy's progression has been rapid. He finished the following two junior seasons with a tally of 218 points, including 97 goals, in 111 games. That's impressive!

In his first professional season, he already accumulated 12 goals and 30 points in 34 games. He was one of the most productive players in the AHL before his call-up to the Canadiens, where he scored his first NHL goal in his third career game.

For a young man who will only turn 21 next August, this is a remarkable feat. It's very promising for the future, both for him and for the Canadiens.

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