Roy tallied 26 times in 2010-11, 19 more than his rookie season. He became a junior star last year as a winger beside Mikhail Grigorenko, the talented Russian center the Sabres recently picked 12th overall, scoring 27 goals and 92 points.
The Sabres invited the 21-year-old Roy to their scouting combine following the season. That helped him earn a spot in development camp, where he had two assists during Thursday’s scrimmage. He’s hoping a strong showing will be rewarded with an AHL contract.
“That’s the goal right now,” Roy said.
The ultimate goal, however, is cracking the NHL someday. Roy doesn’t lack any of his father’s famous confidence.
Will he be in the big leagues five or 10 years from now?
“Yes I will,” Roy said. “Believe it.”
The younger Roy looks and sounds like Patrick Roy, an all-time great who won four Stanley Cups with Montreal and Colorado from 1985 to 2003. His spunk and tenacity are legendary.
Clearly, the father molded his son to play like him.
“He just taught me one way to play the game, and it’s the hard way, 100 percent every time I step foot on that ice,” said Frederick Roy, who called his father his role model. “I give my heart and soul to the team I’m playing with.”
Roy could have an arduous road ahead to the NHL. His size – the Sabres list him at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds – has clearly scared teams away. The snubs fuel him, however.
“I knew with my size teams weren’t willing to take a chance,” Roy said. “For me, it’s … good motivation for teams that didn’t draft me. Today I’m ready (for) whoever’s willing to take a chance on me. I’m going to take that chance and prove them wrong that they didn’t draft me.”