Derek Roy Taking Advantage on Top Line
(2/20/12) Derek Roy scored two goals and threw in a helper for a 3-point game against the Penguins Sunday. Roy's season has been a major letdown for his owners, as he's gone from a consistent 60-70 point performer to a pace that has him set to finish with around 44-points. His points-per-game average of .56 is his lowest output since his rookie season in 2003-04.
In spite of his struggles, we think last night's performance might be a sign that Roy is coming around. He's back on Buffalo's top line and clicking with Jason Pominville, and Roy now has 5-points in the last three games. We're not going to predict a full-blown resurgence before the end of the season, especially considering the struggles of the Sabres, but there's reason to believe Roy might be better for the stretch run. If he's on your bench, it's probably time to get him back in there. If he's on someone else's bench, he makes for a smart "buy low" target at the deadline.