Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Roy Update

The dominant story these days in college hockey is that former Brown recruit Kevin Roy and his brother Derick have decommited from the university and are looking at other schools for next year. Let me first say that I really don't know a lot about the western schools and if they have a chance of landing the Roys but I can say a couple things about the eastern schools. Let's start with our dear Eagles. As much as I would love to see Kevin Roy in the maroon and gold next year, I don't think it will happen because of Kevin's brother Derick (a goalie). While there may be an open scholarship for Kevin at BC, the Eagles already have two sophomore goalies and adding another freshman (Derick) next year would make no sense. Basically, there is no point in having four goalies on the roster when three won't even play (Milner, Billett, Barone, Roy). You may ask "Why can't we just get Kevin (who is the star forward) ? " Kevin is not going anywhere unless he gets assurance that his brother can join him as well. Derick Roy probably doesn't want to go to a school where he won't even see the ice. In the end, I don't like Roy's chances of ending up in Chestnut Hill.

Let's move on to our archrival from down the street. With Adam Clendening leaving BU a couple of weeks ago, the Terriers may also have an open scholarship for Kevin Roy but Parker already has two freshman goalies coming in the fall. It has been rumored that BU has been the most aggressive team in pursuing the Roy brothers but it doesn't make much sense for them to have three freshman goalies on their roster next year. Like BC, I wouldn't put BU's chances of landing Kevin Roy too high.

As for the Northeastern Huskies, they have the best chance to land Kevin Roy. I have to be honest, I feel bad for Jim Madigan and his team. They lost some guy named Gaudreau last summer and he only went on to be the most dominant player in college hockey over the final two months of last season. Also, just a couple of months ago standout goalie Jon Gilles decommited from NU and later announced his intentions to attend Providence this fall. This season, Chris Rawlings will enter his final season as the goaltender for the Huskies and like last year, he may struggle at times. If that is the case, Derick Roy would be a perfect fit for NU as a backup to Rawlings and could even get some playing time if and when Rawlings struggles. As for Kevin Roy, NU has the most scholarship money remaining out of the teams in the hunt to land the Roy brothers, just look at how many players they lost this offseason. Another key element in looking at NU is that their assistant coach Jerry Keefe is a former assistant at Brown and played a role in getting the Roys to commit there.

One more team to look out for is the Vermont Catamounts. UVM, like NU, lost a star recruit last week in Zemgus Girgensons who decided against going the college route and signed with the Sabers. With Girgensons gone, UVM probably has some scholarship money to offer the Roys so, they are one of the front runners to land them. I assume that we will learn more in the next couple of days and I will be sure to relay any news I get.

Golf note- How about Ernie Els ?!?


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