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Craig Button announces that the Canadiens made a steal and reportedly acquired a top-6 NHL forward with the selection of Joshua Roy in 2021


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Elias Edmonson
January 18, 2024  (4:08 PM)
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This is very interesting.

Possibly the most renowned expert on NHL prospects, Craig Button of TSN, has just revealed that the Montreal Canadiens really did acquire a top-6 NHL forward with the selection of Joshua Roy in 2021. Wow!
And when you consider that Roy was drafted in the 5th round, with the 150th overall pick, well, you quickly realize that it's a draft steal, especially if he actually becomes a first or second line player.
While on Tony Marinaro's podcast, Button, who obviously has no bias for the Habs, mentioned this.
« No doubt in my mind (that he will be a top-6 NHL forward), I have zero doubt. I think he has an elite IQ, I think he has solid skills, and I think he can be a top-notch forward in the top 6 and in both directions of the ice. » - Craig Button

This is extremely encouraging, especially coming from an impartial expert.
According to him, Joshua Roy will therefore be on the first two lines of the Montreal Canadiens for many years!
With the following names:

Caufield-Suzuki-Slafkovsky

Newhook-Dach-Roy

That's starting to make a good top six players!
Roy, who amassed 218 points, including 97 goals, in 111 games to finish his junior season, is becoming more and more complete and professional.
Even in the AHL, it's rare to see a forward his age amass almost a point per game. (30 points in 34 games)
The signs are there anyway for Joshua Roy and it's exciting for the future.
See Craig Button's full statement right here:
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Craig Button announces that the Canadiens made a steal and reportedly acquired a top-6 NHL forward with the selection of Joshua Roy in 2021

Do you believe Joshua Roy will be a first or second line player?

Yes, on the first line15615.2 %
Yes, a top 6 forward66364.7 %
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