It's Getting Ridiculous What Joshua Roy Is Doing

Roy forced Roman Josi to make a turnover, and made him pay with a sweet goal on Juuse Saros seconds later.
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Roy + The Habs Top Six = A Great Fit

Kirby Dach
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As I said, it has been just 17 games, but the growth and ability to adapt already beg the question, what is his potential ceiling?

With the top line spoken for with 22-14-20, the focus has undoubtedly shifted to the second line. I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that Roy takes another step next year. Kirby Dach as his centre could be a very fun duo. Whether it's Alex Newhook on the other wing or a trade acquistion it's not crazy to think Roy would be a fit on the second line.

Defensively he has proven to be cerebral and capable of playing against the NHL's elite. His transition game is lightning quick and I think it's sustainable because he does it with his brain. Never cheating for offense, Roy makes the right play, and is ready as soon as he enters the zone to make a pass or fire a shot on net.

With better linemates there will certainly be an increase in his opportunities and I suspect his confidence will grow. Dach is a play driver and an excellent passer with great vision. His ability to push back defenders with his speed will be a benefit for Roy. Roy's creativity in open space is one of his best traits, add another shooter in the mix and the second line would look pretty good.

The former fifth round pick has emerged as a draft steal, and he isn't done developing; he could become one of the Habs best forwards in his prime. I won't put a number on his potential point production, but he doesn't score by mistake or luck. He will produce and his linemates and coach will love him, because he is too talented not to.

Montreal has a good one, but just how good will he become? Your guess is as good as mine, but it will be fun to watch and find out.