Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chicoutimi Saguenees Forward Nicolas Roy Looks to Break out of Early Slump

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chicoutimi Saguenees Forward Nicolas Roy Looks to Break out of Early Slump

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Roy hoping to break out of early slump


Nicolas Roy grew up in the quiet, rural town of Amos, Que., population 12,800. A small community along the banks of the Harricana River, just north of Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or, it's a place where a kid can experience a normal and relatively anonymous Canadian upbringing, far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

The town's characteristics very much embody the personality of the 17-year-old Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward: reserved, quiet and modest.

"He's a shy guy," Sagueneens head coach Patrice Bosch said of his squad's prized player. "He's not loud in the locker-room. He's quiet. He doesn't want to be in the spotlight."

But attention has been hard for the six-foot-four, 202-pound centre to avoid since he was taken first overall in the 2013 QMJHL Draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, a team to which he would not report for academic reasons before being traded to the Sagueneens last September.

And the glare of the spotlight has only shined brighter since International Scouting Services pegged Roy an early bet to go in the first round of next year's 2015 NHL Entry Draft in rankings released earlier this month. He was the top Quebec League player on the list -- at No. 16 in a class of 30 prospects from around the world.

"I just try to do my best," said Roy, who had an impressive showing with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in August, recording five points in five games. "So when you hear stuff like that, it's pretty awesome."

But big regular-season offensive numbers have so far eluded the uber-talented Roy, who's been unable to put up the kind of stats one expects from a blue-chip prospect. Following a solid 2013-14 rookie campaign that saw him register 16 goals and 25 assists in 63 games, Roy has mustered only five points through his first 14 contests this season, though the Sags' brass insist it's simply a matter of bad luck. …

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