Friday, 7 October 2011

Roy Off to Great Start

Eric Roy
Eric Roy is setting a blistering offensive pace early in his sophmore season with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The product of Beauval, Saskatchewan, who doesn't turn 17 until later this month, has seven points in five games this season with all seveon of those points coming in the last three contests.

"I feel a lot better this year than I did last year. I have my confidence this year...a year can change you a lot," said Roy after Brandon's practice on Thursday, "I'm more comfortable with the puck on the ice, getting it up (to the forwards). I'm getting a lot more ice this year than last year and it's going good."

Roy didn't record his seventh point last season until January 4th, but flourished with more ice-time in the second half and finished his rookie year with 19 points in 49 games including 15 points in 34 games after the Christmas break.

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound Roy was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft but was seemingly forgotten in the 2010-2011 class of 16-year old defencemen that included Derek Pouliot, Morgan Rielly, Griffin Reinhart and Matt Dumba, the first four picks in the '09 draft, and his own teammate Ryan Pulock.

"You know you always want to go out there and be the best
you could, but you try not to let that get to your head," said Roy, "Just go out there and play your game, it's what got you here, and keep it safe out there."

Roy and the Wheat Kings return to action Friday night when they entertain the Prince George Cougars (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

It's the last home game for three weeks for the Wheat Kings.

The team heads out on a seven day road trip following Friday's contest, and don't have another home game until October 28th.

Chaff...D Rene Hunter (upper body (head, neck?), 1 week), F Dominick Favreau (lower body (knee?), 3 weeks) and D Brodie Melnychuk (upper body (wrist), 3 weeks) are all out for tonight's game...D Sam Houston of Boissevain, a 10th round pick in 2011, and Brandon product Duncan Campbell both practiced with the Cougars on Thursday...Prince George's head coach is Dean Clark, who spent two years behind the bench of the Wheat Kings from 2001 to 2003...Tri-City dealt Brandon product Brock Sutherland, 20, to the Calgary Hitmen Thursday for F Nathan McMaster, 19...Ten former Wheat Kings cracked the opening day rosters for the National Hockey League: Matt Calvert (Columbus); Scott Glennie (Dallas); Josh Harding (Minnesota); Jordin Tootoo (Nashville); Travis Hamonic (NY Islanders); Erik Christensen (NY Rangers); Ryan Reaves (St. Louis); Jason Chimera (Washington); Dustin Byfuglien, Eric Fehr (Winnipeg). Glennie (concussion) and Fehr (shoulder) are beginning the season on Injured Reserve.

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