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Jeremy Roy Suffers Devastating Knee Injury

San Jose Sharks prospect defenseman Jeremy Roy incurred a serious injury after a knee-on-knee collision with Ryan Tesink on October 22.

The prognosis, released Sunday night, says he will be out for months and possibly miss the rest of the season.

Clips of the collision and aftermath can be seen here:

Though Roy does get up on his own, he does not put any weight on his left knee and needed the assistance of his teammates to get off of the ice.

The Sharks selected Roy 31st overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft after trading two second-round picks and a sixth-round pick to move up to that position.

Since entering the organization, he has arguably been the team’s top defensive prospect—surpassing Mirco Mueller.

Corey Pronman of ESPN listed Roy as one of the NHL’s top 50 prospects in January of 2016, and outlets like Pucknology and Fear the Fin have rated him as a top-10 prospect for San Jose.

The 19-year-old is projected to be a solid defenseman in the league, but a season-ending injury could set his development back significantly.

The Sharks’ pipeline on the back end is thin, with Dylan DeMelo being the only NHL-ready defenseman for the near future. Mueller and Julius Bergman have not lived up to their expectations thus far, leaving the organization’s blue line starved of young talent.

Roy was thought to be a solution to this problem, but this knee injury could delay his entrance into the league by an entire season or more.

Here is Roy’s scouting report, courtesy of Elite Prospects:

Jeremy Roy is a gifted two-way defenceman that establishes his presence on the ice through playing authoritative hockey, with and without the puck. His absolute and total awareness of other players’ positions on the ice is a testament to his incredible knowledge of the game. Roy possesses the intangibles of maturity and character that can’t be taught, as well as the individual skill that turns heads every time he is on the ice. All-in-all, a highly intelligent defenceman that plays high-percentage hockey and is a catalyst for positive plays in all three zones. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

When talking to scouts about Jeremy Roy, the name Duncan Keith often shows up in the same sentence; the offensive and defensive traits embodied by the Chicago Blackhawks star defenseman seem to be akin to what the young Roy aspires to.

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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