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NHL Trade Review: Derek Roy to Canucks

In case you haven’t heard the Canucks have acquired Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars for a 2nd round draft pick in this year’s draft and defensive prospect Kevin Connauton. The move addresses what has been a serious area of concern for Vancouver this season. Center depth.

This is the second trade in under a calendar year for Roy, who is set to hit free agency this offseason. The Buffalo Sabres originally traded Roy to the Stars in exchange for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy in the hopes of adding toughness to their offense and depth to their defense. After putting up a respectable 22 points in 30 games with Dallas, his pending UFA status in combination with the Stars not having a great shot at the post-season made him expendable. Which turns out is a good thing. A very good thing.

For an in depth look at how I feel about the acquisition of Derek Roy, check out my stats profile and segment by segment analysis of where I think Roy’s going to slide into the lineup and where I think he should. Sometimes AV and I disagree on line combinations.

Derek Roy’s Stats Line

Career: 569 Games Played 165G 284A +42

2012-13: 30 Games Played 4G 18A +3

Fancy Stats: Corsi Rel Qoc: 0.690 Corsi Qoc: 0.354 Corsi Relative: 3.4 Corsi On: 2.30

PDO: 1032 Penalties/60 mins: 0.1 Penalties Drawn/60 mins: 0.6 Off. Zone Starts: 42% Off. Zone Finishes: 52.8%

What I Like About This Move

  • First of all there is little to no risk associated with this move. Kevin Connauton - as much as I like the guy - never really had a hope of cracking the Canucks lineup. Doesn’t play well in his own end and the Canucks have their top four locked up for the foreseeable future. As for the second rounder, it’s not like we’d put it to good use anyways. Here’s to hoping this move guarantees it’s in the later end of the second.
  • This move addresses the Canucks most glaring need. Center depth. And it addresses it in a big way. Lest you forget Roy was a first line center for much of his time in Buffalo. At one point he was even a point per game until an injury derailed what was his most promising season. There’s no guaranteeing he’ll find that form again, but if he can get close to it I’ll be happy.
  • Maybe this move finally pushes Kesler to the wing. Admit it, as much as we all like Kesler, we’re getting a little sick of his me-against-the-world routine. He doesn’t pass, he doesn’t use his linemates and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. Then again, Roy could become the Canucks third line center when Kes returns.
  • Despite being offered the number 9 from Zack Kassian, he refused and has settled for 15. I guess he’s an alright fellow.

What I Don’t Like About This Move

  • Not a fan of rental players. Not gonna lie. A lot of the time they don’t work out, and despite the Canucks horrendous draft history a 2nd rounder, if used properly, could go a long way in improving the prospect pool. Then again, could not.
  • Roy has had a bad run of luck with injuries. This year he’s been dealing with a nagging groin injury, but he’s also had multiple surgeries on his arm/arms. Not sure which side.
  • If the Canucks do use him as a third line center when Kesler returns, they gave an awful lot up for a third line rental player. As well as he plays in his own end, Roy isn’t great in the faceoff circle. Not sure I wanted him taking a lot of faceoffs in the Canucks end if he hasn’t a good chance of winning them.
  • Back to his being a rental. The reason Roy was on the block is because the Stars weren’t willing to give in to his salary demands on an extension. It is rumoured Roy is seeking a long term deal somewhere in the neighbourhood of $6M a season. That’s a bit steep, and makes it extremely unlikely that he’ll be resigned. If he does, and they do give into his demands, well, that leaves the Canucks in quite the proverbial cap crunch.

Where he fits in

As much as I would like to see Kesler playing on the wing with the Sedins, I’m not sure it’s all that likely it will happen. I see Roy probably being used on the second line either on the wing or centering a line with Kesler and someone else. Maybe he centers a third line. Whatever the case, this is what I think the Canucks lineup will most likely look like when Kesler and Roy enter the lineup. Assuming they don’t trade for anyone else at the deadline.

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows

Chris Higgins - Derek Roy/Ryan Kesler - Derek Roy/Ryan Kesler

Mason Raymond - Andrew Ebbett - Jannik Hansen

Tom Sestito - Max Lapierre - Steve Pinizzotto

Where I think he fits in

This is purely my opinion. Nothing more nothing less. I like the idea of switching Kesler to the right wing on the first unit, just because of how effective that unit is on the power play. There is clearly some chemistry there. Kesler also doesn’t like sharing the puck, which is kind of part of the centers job. Here’s my ideal lineup when Kesler and Roy are inserted.

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Ryan Kesler

Chris Higgins - Derek Roy - Nicklas Jensen/Zack Kassian

Mason Raymond - Jordan Schroeder - Jannik Hansen

Tom Sestito - Max Lapierre - Steve Pinizzotto

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