The Los Angeles Kings have an elite defenseman in Drew Doughty and there are not a lot of defensemen like him, until now.
Matt Roy, a future top-pairing blueliner, has signed a new 3 year, $9.45 deal.
Roy, who has received a lot of fan recognition the last few seasons, is an up-and-coming young player who the Kings will eventually plan their defense around him. He is starting to grab traction as a player the Kings depend and count on. He has grabbed the opportunity and ran with it.
Roy has recorded 8 points on 1 goal and 7 assists in 26 games, along with 4 for plus/minus. He has great vision, the ability to read a play before it starts, and is not afraid to get physical. The former Kings 2015 draft pick (7th round and 194th overall) is growing into his own and showing why he can be an all-around type of blueliner. He does not excel at one thing but is exceptional at everything on both sides of the puck.
Roy also showed he can log the minutes as well, ranking 3rd in defensemen minutes and 5th overall on the Kings in minutes played. in 119 NHL games, he has 6 goals and 25 assists for 31 points. However, it is his all-around play that gets recognition. He is known for being one of the hardest-working players on the team.
Not only is Roy locked up for 3 years, but he is also on a tremendous contract that favors both himself and the Kings in cap space. The deal also locks up 2/3 of that right side on the defense with Drew Doughty.
Roy is a young gun to watch as a key piece on the defensive core and in the run to another Stanley Cup.
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