One of the best sleepers to target this fantasy hockey season was St. Louis Blues C Derek Roy. The former star of the Buffalo Sabres was all over the country last season and it caused him to be somewhat forgotten in fantasy circles.
In 12 games with the Vancouver Canucks last year, Roy racked up six points. He wasn’t putting up elite numbers, but he wasn’t playing like a bum either. He was eventually shipped off to the Dallas Stars in the early part of the season, though, and the veteran enjoyed a rather successful second half of the shortened 2012 season. In 30 games in Dallas, Roy added four goals and 18 assists (22 points).
Since being reunited with Canadian coach Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis, Roy has looked much better. He is playing with more confidence and has earned his spot on the team’s overlooked third line with Chris Stewart and Brenden Morrow. Through five games this season, Roy has quietly racked up six points. He has scored two goals and added four helpers for the red-hot Blues, including one power play goal and three power play assists. Not bad numbers for a guy that was undrafted in almost every format.
Roy is currently owned in around 42% of CBS leagues and he can be a great addition for anyone looking for a third or fourth center. He won’t put up 81 points like he did back in 2007, but the veteran could easily finish with 45 points this year. If Roy is still sitting on the waiver wire in your league, add him now before someone else does.