FUTURE WATCH | Marco Roy
Oilers prospect Marco Roy has learned from his recent injury and is focused on improving his physical game
A wrist injury kept Edmonton Oilers prospect Marc-Olivier Roy from his team at the start of the 2013-14 season. Since his return, Roy has been efficient, scoring 14 points in 10 games with the Blainville-Broisbriand Armada of the QMJHL.
"I'm feeling good right now," said Roy. "It was tough mentally, not playing and watching my team but I'm back on track. We have a pretty good team and have good chemistry. I was working out in the gym and stuff like that but my injury was all mental, playing with a wrist injury but I am a better guy on the ice and a better man."
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Roy was the 56th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was chosen as a forward who flashes some solid offensive abilities. Last season with the Armada, Roy scored 29 goals and added 38 assists in 65 games. He added six goals in 15 playoff games.
The wrist injury he suffered at some point in the pre-season was a setback but, since his return, Roy says he sees it as a blessing in disguise. It prepared him for his professional career, when it comes to treating injuries and rebounding mentally.
"Everyone knows you can't play without injury. Everyone has injuries in their careers. I think in my professional career, it will help me because I've never had an injury before. Right now, I have one that I've played with and I'm going to be a pro and not be stuck on my injury if I have one."
One of the biggest obstacles with dealing with an injury as a young player is staying strong mentally and focusing on the end-game, getting back healthy and producing.
"You need to make sure you're good mentally and you need to not focus on that. You can't think in the game about your injury. When you shoot pucks, you're always thinking about it a little mentally. But, I think I've become a better man, a better person and a better player with that."
Roy was one of the several Oilers prospects selected to the 2013 Subway Super Series. In two games during the series with Team QMJHL, he recorded an assist.
In preparation for the season and the Subway Super Series, the 19 year-old Quebec native has been diligently working on both his strength and defensive game. The 6-0, 172 pound forward saw fit to hit the gym and it has been paying off.
"This year, I am improving my physical game and the consistency in my game, every shift," he said. "Right now, I am focusing on this. In the Subway Series, I had a role like this. I have to finish my checks and be safe in my zone. That's the kind of play I want to improve in my game. Everyone knows I can be offensive and my offensive side but I want to be good defensively because in the pros, I need to be good two-ways."
Roy is still working to find his rhythm since returning from injury but the signs are looking up for the young offensive prospect. For a 19 year-old, a big reason for the maturity he has exhibited in dealing with this adversity is from watching those who have played before him.
"I learned things like how to act like a pro and see the NHL guys, see how they act in the gym and on the ice," Roy said as he described his experience during his first off-season as a member of the Edmonton Oilers organization. "You learn a lot from those guys when you watch them and play with them. Then in development camp, you see all of the players who were drafted by the Oilers. They're guys who will be one day, my teammates. It was nice to see them and I'll be with them in the future."
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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. MST
|d||19||27||2||5||7||4||41||EVERETT SILVERTIPS (WHL)|
|f||18||23||14||11||25||9||28||CALGARY HITMEN (WHL)|
|DARNELL NURSE||D||18||23||7||18||25||5||45||SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)|
|F||18||27||12||9||21||-5||26||VANCOUVER GIANTS (WHL)|
|f||19||16||4||5||9||1||31||EVERETT SILVERTIPS (WHL)|
|F||19||24||16||8||24||9||72||EDMONTON OIL KINGS (WHL)|
|F||18||24||7||6||13||0||12||LONDON KNIGHTS (OHL)|
|F||24||23||4||5||9||1||59||JOKERIT HELSINKI (FINLAND)|
|F||19||29||3||0||3||1||6||NIZHNY NOVGOROD (RUSSIA)|
|26||8||3||4||1||2.40||.925||OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)|
|LAURENT BROSSOIT||20||3||1||1||0||2.76||.901||OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)|
|TYLER BUNZ||21||4||1||1||1||3.15||.914||OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)|
|22||N/A||n/a||n/a||n/a||2.01||.927||HPK HAMEENLINNA (FINLAND)|