Patrick Roy you all remember was a great goaltender.
Since then he has reinvented himself as a Quebec junior league coach.
My understanding is that the deal that Roy is brokering with the Avs and Sherman is one where he gets final say on any and all personal decisions in his starting line-ups, and final major league roster.
I would also think this trickles down to the type of players he will want drafted too.
Translated, this would mean that the Colorado organization was hiring Roy as a bit more than a coach…and in many ways deferring decisions that before were GM Sherman's to make, in unison with the coaching staff. You have to wonder if this leads to the eventual firing of Sherman, who mishandled the O'Reilly resign.
Patrick Roy has, over the course of his junior stint as both GM and coach of the Quebec Remparts junior, mad it more about himself than the players. I just say in my humble opinion, you might not want him running the whole show.
Another interesting side to hiring Roy with his contract unique personal override will be the Colorado selection overall in the NHL Entry Draft.
I think everyone has been made aware of how defenseman Seth Jones was raised and hockey bred in the Denver area, and how he is talented enough to be selected first overall. (Even I have him first on my DraftSite.com mock draft.)
And please take in consideration I am no rookie to evaluation talent or knowing the history of the guys drafted first overall. I can only think one defenseman picked in the top TWO who was able to warrant a selection there, and that was Chris Pronger in 1993. (I could go far past and also argue for Denis Potvin in 1973…) All other defenders picked early never reached the high expectations that were expected to. They can come with can't miss tags and ooze with offensive upside, but the bottom line is the NHL coaches expect them to learn and play the defensive part of the game before eany coach gives them the green to go all in on "o".
But with the Avs choosing first overall there have to be discussions in regards the other two top players Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.
It is easy to say there is a need on defense.
But these tow kids display dynamic offense upside and you can never have too much of that.
Here's the rub:
Both MacKinnon and Drouin play in the very QMJHL that Patrick Roy coached in. He nows first hand how skilled they are, and you have to think that this may be the first use of the "higher powers" he is being granted by the Colorado.
I am gonna bet you a nickel he puts up a fuss and gets his way and MacKinnon.