ST. LOUIS -- Ken Hitchcock didn't expect much out of Derek Roy the first time he had him on his team. He was coaching a Canadian crop of top talent that would compete for the 2008 World Championships. Roy, an undersized forward, flew under the radar.
"I didn't know him from Adam in the World Championships," the St. Louis Blues coach recalled recently. "He was there, kind of as an extra player."
That had changed by the time Canada claimed the silver medal in Quebec City. Roy totaled five goals and five assists in nine games.
"He came in as like the 13th forward, and he left as the third forward," Hitchcock said.
"He was really a competitive guy. He's not big 5 feet 9, 184 pounds, but he's really smart defensively, and he's really patient with the puck offensively."
Before the Blues signed Roy in July, the team's general manager, Doug Armstrong, spoke with Hitchcock about the 30-year-old free agent. The coach, heavily influenced by what he saw from Roy in 2008, liked the idea. No...