This will be a brief series detailing the top 10 most frustrating Buffalo Sabres players since the last lockout. Here is #6, in my opinion…with Max Afinogenov at #10, Craig Rivet at #9, Ales Kotalik at #8, Andrej Sekera at #7, Shaone Morrisonn at #6, Paul Gaustad at #5, and Ryan Miller at #4…
#3 – Derek Roy
Derek Roy was the 32nd overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, and began his NHL career in 2003-2004, appearing in 49 games for the Sabres and notching 19 points.
It did not take long for Roy to earn a party-boy reputation, with numerous stories and drunk photos from his Chippewa Street expeditions appearing online. Even in his most recent season, Roy was seen trolling for ladies on popular social media sites. Professionalism level = 0.
Despite showing the talent at times to be a point-per-game player in the NHL, Roy has been dogged with inconsistent play. More-often, his whiny antics and behavior are caught on the television cameras, as he is cursing and shaking his head following a whistle. Roy also has inexplicably displayed a habit of falling down during game-play. Easily, he had been a frustrating Sabre throughout his tenure.
More mystifying, is that the team played BETTER without Roy after he went down with an injury in 2010-11, despite his 35 points in 35 games. He returned for the 7th game of the Sabres first-round series against Philadelphia, and the Sabres promptly lost the game.
This summer, Roy was traded to Dallas for Steve Ott, who will likely be a fan favorite in Buffalo if the NHL ever decides to play hockey again. Pre-teen/early-teen girls may miss him, but most die-hard Sabres fans that I have spoken with, will not.