Buffalo Sabres: Derek Roy Is Off to Fast Start

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If the NHL season ended today the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy would not be awarded to Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or even the Sedin twins, it would be handed to Buffalo‘s Derek Roy.

Now I understand that the season is only a week old, but the speedy Roy has picked up right where the preseason left off. During the preseason Derek Roy registered 10 points, and he did not even dress for all six of the Sabres‘ games. That success has carried over to regular season action for the creative center. Roy is tied for the league lead with five points and leads all players with four goals on the season so far.

Roy, for the most part, singlehandedly won Buffalo’s season opener against the rival Ottawa Senators with two goals. The first coming in highlight fashion.

One of the biggest questions coming into the 2010-2011 campaign was who was going to step up and be the No. 1 center for the Buffalo Sabres? It is safe to say that Derek Roy is answering that question very quickly.

Sabres general manager Darcy Regier has repeatedly said that he thinks that Derek Roy and Tim Connolly are both top-20 centers. The verdict is still out on both of the Sabres pivots but Roy is starting to show that Regier’s opinion may be truth when it comes to No. 9. Roy is showing that he is maturing with age into the top center that Buffalo needs so badly.

The Sabres fell to 1-2 with Monday night’s 4-3 loss to the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. Buffalo got off to a blazing start with two goals, one from Roy, in the first three minutes of the game. However, the blue and gold could not recover from the blindsided hit to forward and fan favorite Jason Pominville in the late stages of the first period. The vicious hit from behind delivered by defenseman Nick Hjalmarson knocked Pominville from the Buffalo lineup indefinitely.

Tonight the understaffed New Jersey Devils roll into HSBC Arena still looking for their first win of the season. It’s time to rally around the Pominville injury and get this season back on track. Derek Roy beat the rest of the Sabres off the starting line. If Miller and Co. can follow his example and catch up to Roy then they will beat the Devils and many other teams this season.

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