The Cape-Breton Screaming Eagles have traded Nicolas Roy to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens for 3 first round picks (2014, 2015 & 2016).
Roy was the 1st overall pick in last June’s QMJHL Entry Draft, and after trying to convince the Amos native to report to their team for last two months, the Screaming Eagles decided to trade him and get compensation using the league rule 10.15.2. Cape Breton will receive the 5th overall pick and the last pick of the second round of the 2014 QMJHL Draft as well as the original package obtained in the trade.
Roy was our #1 ranked prospect going into the QMJHL Draft. Here’s a blurb from his profile in our 2013 QMJHL draft guide.
“Offensively, his premium vision allows him to be a great playmaker, finding open teammates from anywhere on the ice with great ease. Here is a player that is easy to play with due to his intelligence. He uses his body well deep in the zone to win puck battles and to create space for teammates. He can use this aspect of his game to gain puck possession time while his team gets organised. He also likes to come down the wing and cut to the middle to attack goalies with his precise wrist shot. Roy handles the puck well and is able to manoeuvre through traffic without losing control of it. He is a fluid skater with a natural ability to generate speed and surprising lateral ability given his size. His speed is above average and uses his big strides to cover a lot of ice. Roy also needs to adjust his intensity level without the puck at five on five because some vigorous players are able to beat him when they use their energy. His hockey comprehension and natural talent makes him a unique player for the 2013 QMJHL Draft.”