Roy has already proven some critics wrong by developing into an elite junior talent. He ranked fourth in points last season in the QMJHL and his 65 assists ranked third.
“No one was expecting me when I came back to be at that point,” Roy said. “I knew what my capability was. I knew that if I worked hard, good things would happen. …
“And the way I play, I play a simple way. I don’t complicate my game. I go out there and I play the game the way it’s supposed to be. I back-check, I play a two-way game.”
Grigorenko’s presence also helped Roy reach a new level. The two played beside each other all season, forming a bond on and off the ice. As Roy spoke to a reporter Wednesday, Grigorenko waited close by for his friend.
He called Roy “one of the best linemates in my life” and a player who “makes you better.”
“He’s a great person,” Roy said about Grigorenko. “He’s a hard worker. We’ve got good chemistry together. We work really well together. … We love playing together. So it’d be a great opportunity for us to play together.”
That might just happen someday.