Montreal Canadiens forward Joshua Roy
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Exciting Development Emerges for Joshua Roy After Season-Ending Injury

Published March 23, 2024 at 10:58

There will be several interesting battles to watch in the Canadiens' lineup during the next training camp, and one of them will include Joshua Roy.

The Quebec forward has shown very good things with the big club this season, taking advantage of numerous injuries to leave an excellent impression on the team's second line.

Unfortunately for Joshua ROy, due to a significant hand injury, his campaign ends with 23 NHL games played, collecting four goals and nine points along the way.

However, there's a silver lining to this misfortune, and it's the fact that the 20-year-old from Beauce did not cross the threshold of 25 games played in the Bettman league. This means he will have the chance to play a full season while still being eligible for the Calder Trophy next year.

« The positive regarding Joshua Roy's injury (if there is one) is that he will be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season, assuming he doesn't play at least two more games in the NHL this season. He will be a prime candidate if he plays a second-line role with Dach. » - Grant McCagg

As expert Grant McCagg rightly points out, if Roy were to be used on a second unit as anticipated by many, alongside Kirby Dach and probably Alex Newhook, it could allow him to achieve a lot of offensive success, especially since he'll have some game experience under his belt.

Obviously, the competition for the trophy awarded to the league's best rookie will be very strong, with the graduation of promising young players like Macklin Celebrini, Cutter Gauthier, Will Smith, etc.

Nevertheless, Roy could have the advantage of playing big minutes on the second line of a team that is closer to success than some of the players mentioned above.

It will be interesting to see if Kent Hughes can make a splash by acquiring a player to play in the top-6 next year, which would move Roy to a third unit.

If this trade does not materialize, there's a good chance to see number 89 in that spot, depending on his performance at training camp in September next year.

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Exciting Development Emerges for Joshua Roy After Season-Ending Injury

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