Sabres In Focus: Derek Roy

Derek Roy was drafted 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Roy has been with the organization ever since, but some fans believe he could perform better than he has. Despite having at least 60 points in each of the past four seasons, fans are wanting more.

When NHL play resumed after the lockout, Roy failed to make the Sabres team. He remained with the Rochester Americans, but only for a short time. Roy was called up and finished the season with 46 points, and added 16 more in the playoffs.

The next year Roy became a part of the President’s Trophy winning season for the Sabres. He upped his points to 63 that year. In the playoff series against Ottawa, Roy scored the fastest goal to start a playoff game in franchise history nine seconds into game four.

Roy has scored at least 25 goals in each of the past three seasons, all after the leaving of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. Roy is currently signed until the end of the 2012-2013 season, for four million a year.

Here is a look at one of his goals:

The Sabres are still hoping Roy can step it up to the next level. Will he be able to improve or would he be more effective on a different team? Let us know your thoughts with a comment below. Also, here is a link to the new Derek Roy SHC Wallpaper.

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Kevin Freiheit
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