Joshua Roy has quite the impressive season in the QMJHL this season and he was rewarded for his efforts on Wednesday as the Habs signed the forward to a three-year, entry-level deal that begins next season. The breakdown of the contract is as follows:
2022-23: $750,000 salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $82,500 performance bonus, $80,000 AHL salary, $10,500 CHL salary
2023-24: $775,000 salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $57,500 performance bonus, $80,000 AHL salary
2024-25: $775,000 salary, $85,000 signing bonus, no performance bonus, $80,000 AHL salary
That makes the cap hit of the contract $856,667 and the AAV (with bonuses) at $903,333.
The 18-year-old fell to the back of the fifth round last year with the Canadiens picking him 150th overall following an underwhelming year. However, things have gone much better for him this season. Not only has he been the top player on his team but Roy has been one of the best players in the QMJHL altogether.
In 50 games with Sherbrooke this season, he has 36 goals and 56 assists, good for second in the league in scoring (one point behind Islanders prospect William Dufour with one less game played). Hovering near two points per game is impressive on its own but doing so in the season after being drafted (as opposed to an overager) is something else, a feat happens less than once a year on average.
Roy is ineligible to play in Laval next season so it will be Montreal or Sherbrooke for him which is why the junior salary is included in next year’s salary. He’ll be subject to the nine-game threshold; if he played fewer than that many games with the Canadiens, the deal would slide a year and officially begin in 2023-24.