With the 2011-12ending in disappointment and after a few weeks for us to gather our thoughts, it's time for us to issue our report cards on the season. Over the next few weeks, we'll grade every player that wore a Buffalo Sabres uniform in 2011 and 2012, from to .
|2011 - Derek Roy||80||17||27||44||-7||54||6||1||2||176||9.7|
Introduction: For many years, Derek Roy was my favorite player on the Buffalo Sabres. So much so that one Christmas I received two separate Roy jerseys; our love affair was a running joke between me and my friends for years.
Somewhere along the line those feelings changed. As with all faded loves, flaws became harder to ignore, the jokes became stale, and eventually Roy became just another forward on my favorite team. We'll always have a special relationship, but never again like it was.
I feel as though most Sabres fans have soured on Roy, especially in the past year or two. There are rumors swirling that the Sabres is looking to dump Roy to any team willing to take him, and he's a part of almost every fantasy trade that Buffalonians can come up with. However, he played for the Sabres this year, and he's under contract for one more, so let's dive in after the break to check out how Derek Roy's season shook out.
Key Stat: Sometimes we try and get cute with these, but the key stat for Roy is the most obvious one - his point total plummeted this year to a dismal 44 points in 80 games. That's his lowest output in a full season since Roysie's first full year in the league. For a guy that the Sabres count on to be an offensive leader, that type of production is unacceptable.
Thumbs Up: Roy took the most faceoffs on the team, by far, and he was also the best of those that took over 100 faceoffs this year, clocking in at 50.6. Roy also had a respectable number of blocked shots (50) most likely due to Ruff trusting Roy to play close to two minutes of shorthanded time per game. Speaking of special teams, Roy was a key member of the power play, and finished fourth on the team in both power play time and power play points, how mathematical. Was great at the FNC. If every game were played on Sunday, Roy would have finished with 246 points and as a +328. So there's that.
Thumbs Down: We mentioned Roy's low point total in the key stat, but he also had his worst plus/minus rating this season since before the lockout. Roy tallied his most penalty minutes (54) in the last five season, and managed to rack up an astounding nine tripping penalties - hey Derek, stop putting your stick in people's skates. Number 9 was abysmal on the road, tallying just 16 points in 40 games and managing a -16 rating to boot. Roy loves Tuesdays and hates Saturdays, even though Saturdays are awesome.
Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Derek Roy on his season according to the expectations you had for him. If he met them, give him a five or a six. If he eclipsed them, aim for a seven or beyond. If he failed to meet them, give him a lower number relating to how poorly he missed the target.