When Dallas acquired Derek Roy this summer, I thought the move was a great one for the team. Not only did they massively upgrade the second line center spot, but they added an accomplished top-six forward still in his prime. And the best part – they bought low.

Roy has struggled in recent years due to injury and a rocky relationship with Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. A fresh start is likely just what the doctor ordered (in addition to getting healthy...), as Roy had spent his entire professional career in the Buffalo organization.

And now with the news that he is close to 100% after off-season shoulder injury (it's almost like Dallas knew the lockout would last for a few months when they recommended the surgery to Roy…), what can we expect from Roy in 2012-13? (Let's hope that I don't have to strike out that '13' either).