Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A closer look at Kevin Roy's record-breaking season

It's no secret to any hockey fan living in Lincoln, NE that Kevin Roy is a very special player.  We've seen his incredible season develop game by game at the IceBox.

In his first (and only) season in the USHL, Roy has really made it look easy with the amount of points he has racked up against opponents thus far.

After scoring his third hat trick of the season last night, and adding one assist, Roy is heads and tails ahead of any other player in the USHL scoring race.

With 18 games remaining in the regular season, let's take a look at some of the records Kevin Roy could potentially break.

As of today (2/22/12), Kevin Roy has scored a total of 70 points (38 goals, 32 assists) through 42 games played.  That averages out to 1.67 points scored per game.  If Roy can keep up that pace for the last 18 regular season games, he will finish with 100 points (54 goals, 46 assists) through 60 games played.

Mind-numbing numbers for sure.  But how do those numbers stack up against some of the all-time record holders who have worn a Lincoln Stars uniform?  Let's take a gander.

Back in 2000-01, Stars forward Chris Fournier scored 83 points (26 goals, 57 assists) in 55 games played.  That averages out to 1.51 points per game for Fournier that season.  Roy only has to score 14 more points in his remaining 18 regular season games to break the record of most points by a Lincoln Stars player in one season.  I'd say that's doable.

How about most goals scored in a season by a Lincoln Stars player?  Well, we need to go back to the 2000-01 season once again to find the record holder.  Brandon Bochenski scored a whopping 47 goals in 55 games, which averages out to .85 goals scored per game.  Roy is currently averaging .90 goals scored per game.

Back in 2000-01, the USHL regular season was only 55 games long, whereas now it is 60 games.  So that means Kevin Roy could have five more games to break the record of 47.  As I mentioned above, at his current pace, Roy will score 54 goals and smash the old record of 47.  To just beat the record, Roy must score at least 10 goals in the next 18 games.  Again, very doable in my opinion.

Remember former Stars forward Jason Gregoire?  It wasn't too long ago that "Gregs" scored 37 goals in 54 games during the 2007-08 campaign.  Gregoire's 37 goals was good enough for second most goals scored in a season by a Stars player until yesterday when Roy scored his 38th goal on an empty net shot late in the Stars' 6-3 victory over the Tri-City Storm.

You ask, when was the last time a USHL player scored more than 50 goals in a season?  Or how about the last time a player scored 100 points or more in a season?

The last 50 goal scorer in the USHL was Jason Blake of the Waterloo Blackhawks, waaaay back in 1993-94.  Blake scored 50 goals in 47 games that season.

The last 100 point scorer in the USHL was Peter Fregoe of the Des Moines Buccaneers, back during the 1998-99 season.  Fregoe scored an amazing 103 points (46g, 57a) in 56 games played.

"Hey Yeti, how about the all-time USHL records for most goals and points in a season?"  Since you asked, Rod Taylor of the Sioux City Musketeers scored a record 67 goals during the 1986-87 season.  Tim Ferguson, also of the Sioux City Musketeers, scored an incredible 135 points during the 1985-86 season.  I wasn't following the USHL way back then, but I'm sure it was a much different league than it is now.

Unless Roy goes on a Wayne Gretzky-like tear during these last 18 games, I think the all-time USHL records for goals and points scored in a season are safe.

The USHL today posted an article about Roy's goal-scoring prowess, and how his 38 goals this season is already a new league-high in the 10-year era of Tier 1 hockey the USHL has been a part of, since the 2002-03 season.  Click here to read that article.

Okay, enough statistics.  What say you?  Where does Kevin Roy rank compared to some of the all-time greats that have worn a Lincoln Stars uniform?


thestarsareouttonight said...

The way that Kevin Roy skates and protects the puck when he has it is incredible. I haven't seen a player for the Stars with his caliber of hands ever. Really hope he makes it to the show some day, the only drawback could be his size. But a good comparison to him from what I see is David Perron of the St. Louis Blues.

nutz4puckz said...

Good article Yeti!!

I think even with just one year in a Stars jersey, he goes up there in the top 5 for sure, but I'm not sure how I would rank them.

It's just amazing to watch what he does and you're right, it just looks so easy for him. Enjoy watching him work his magic for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

Go get 100 points Kevin and Go Stars!

Mike Burda said...

Great article, I remember Fregoe and the incredibly dominant Des Moines teams. I especially remember Fournier who is one of my all time favorite Stars' players.

This is a great perspective to have regarding Roy's impact on the Stars and the USHL>