Montreal Canadiens: Watch Joshua Roy's First Career NHL Assist, It's A Beauty

Jan 13, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Joshua Roy
Jan 13, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Joshua Roy / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens, in part due to necessity and in part due to performance, called up Joshua Roy from the Laval Rocket earlier this month.

The 20 year old winger certainly did his part to earn it, scoring 30 points including 12 goals in 34 AHL games to begin this season. But when Josh Anderson was injured the Canadiens needed a forward to add to the lineup. When Roy was called up, it was expected he would just fill in while Anderson was out and then be returned to the Rocket.

However, Roy played quite well in his four game audition and has formed a solid two-way trio with veterans Sean Monahan and Joel Armia. Roy scored his first career NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils on a quick one timer off a pass from Monahan.

Tonight, the young winger set up Armia for his first ever NHL assist and it was an absolutely beautiful play.

Roy picked up the puck at his own blue line and showed incredible puck control to stickhandle it through traffic and enter the Bruins zone. Once he got in there he pulled the puck to the backhand to protect it and keep it away from the Bruins defender before firing a laser of a backhand pass to Armia who redirected the puck into the Bruins goal.

In just his fifth NHL game, the 20 year old looked like a ten year pro driving through the center, finding some room in the attacking zone and making a no look pass that was extremely difficult appear to be a simple play.

Roy was not expected to stick around in the NHL very long, at least not for now. He was supposed to sub in for Anderson until the power forward was ready to return. Roy has already pushed that audition one extra game and then went out and made the best play of the night for the Canadiens.

The two-way whiz is making it difficult on the Canadiens to send him back to the Rocket and looks like a future top six winger.