LOS ANGELES — Auditions are currently remaining held for up coming season’s Kings roster, and rookie defenseman Matt Roy is striving to get in on the act as this unfruitful year winds down.
“Yeah, I signify, everyone’s competing for a career and I try out not to think about it also considerably,” Roy claimed at the Tuesday morning skate ahead of the Kings’ recreation versus Montreal at Staples Centre. “I just try out and make improvements to myself every day and just kind of give it my greatest and see what occurs.”
Roy, 24, was referred to as up to the huge leagues on Feb. 16 and made his NHL debut that night time versus the Boston Bruins. All told, he has gotten into 8 game titles, meaning he’s had adequate time to establish the most important variations between the AHL and NHL.
“Obviously, the talent stage,” claimed Roy, who performed 45 game titles for Ontario – the Kings’ AHL affiliate – in advance of his remember. “It’s the greatest players in the planet and other than that, the conventional energy and pace fellas.
“It’s like quickness in the corners and, you know, you’ve gotta get to the puck and make a participate in a tiny bit quicker.”
Slowly but surely, he’s obtaining applied to the bigger stage of participate in.
“Yeah, I signify, it is undoubtedly not less complicated, but I think just day by day I’m obtaining extra comfy with the fellas, which is kind of assisting get a tiny bit extra self-assurance in my recreation,” Roy claimed.
“That, ideally, will make into a snowball impact and, ideally, I can retain enjoying properly.”
Interim mentor Willie Desjardins likes what he’s noticed from Roy.
“I like his mobility,” claimed Desjardins, whose group provides up the rear in the Western Meeting and will nearly undoubtedly overlook the playoffs. “He skates properly and I think he defends properly. We’re equipped to place him, you know, kind of he’s our second grouping of shutdown fellas, which I think says a good deal for him coming in. He makes a rather great first go.”
Again, the extra Roy performs, the superior he’ll get, Desjardins suggested.
“For him, it is just obtaining a tiny bit of feel for the league, the issues he can do and what he simply cannot do simply because it is distinctive,” Desjardins claimed. “These fellas, they are even bigger and much better and you have to make a tiny bit of a distinctive read through. That is a little something that he just has to alter to a tiny bit.”
Desjardins would like Roy to assert himself extra, even though.
“I’d like to see him get extra aggressive and that will come with self-assurance,” Desjardins claimed. “As soon as you get self-assurance, then you are eager to get a tiny bit extra aggressive. So, ideally, when he performs the expertise pays off, he receives extra self-assurance and he receives extra aggressive.”
Most likely wherever the 6-foot, 208-pound Roy desires to flip issues up a notch is on offense. He showed himself to be a scoring defenseman in the minors – he had 8 objectives and 21 helps in Ontario this year – but he is however hunting for his first NHL stage.
Questioned wherever he desires to make improvements to most, Roy touched on that.
“I just have to have to be extra economical breaking pucks out, earning tiny awesome performs in the corners, get it to our forwards and then just kind of make on my offensive recreation a tiny bit extra,” Roy claimed.
Roy may possibly not nonetheless have a stage, but he did block 8 shots in this last week’s 4-3 extra time decline to Dallas at Staples Centre.Roy will be a restricted free of charge agent after this year, so these last 17 game titles (such as Tuesday’s) are important for him.
The Kings will finish this 4-recreation homestand by internet hosting St. Louis on Thursday night time at 7:30. The Kings will then briefly strike the street for game titles Saturday at Arizona and Sunday versus the Ducks at Honda Centre in advance of returning for a five-recreation homestand.
That will include things like game titles versus Nashville, Florida, Winnipeg, San Jose and the Ducks.