Nominee number three: Matt Roy
You read that correctly folks, Matt Roy is the real deal, and the LA Kings know it. So much so that they rewarded the 26-year-old defenseman with a brand new three-year contract worth just over nine million dollars.
Matt Roy will not blow anyone away with offensive numbers. For this season, he only had two goals and eight assists. No one will mistake him for Bobby Orr, but Matt Roy has become an indispensable part of the LA Kings blue line. Matt Roy’s strength is his strong defensive play, exemplified by the fact that he tied for the team lead in +/- this season.
A case in point would be when Roy was injured in a January 28th game versus the Minnesota Wild, leaving a gaping hole in the LA defense. He would miss approximately three weeks, during which time the LA Kings went on a four-game losing streak. Granted, Roy’s injury wasn’t the only reason for the tailspin, as fellow defenseman Sean Walker was injured in the same game, but without “Steady Eddie’s” steadying presence, the defense looked lost.
Not too shabby for a seventh-round draft pick.