31-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Jeff Deslauriers Contract Information:
Signed with European team Dinamo Riga-KHL in November of 2014.
Deslauriers was cut by the Kings on Friday after participating in training camp, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
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Deslauriers is in-tough to earn the back-up job in Anaheim this season. He did deliver a 3-1 record with the Ducks last season, but that was a bit of an outlier -- he hadn't played in the NHL since 2009-10. He is big and like most goalies today, he's hard to beat down low. But he profiles as a back-up at best and doesn't really have the mental fortitude to start.
Deslauriers signed a two-year contract with the Ducks in July, coming over from the Oilers. He had a 16-28-4 record while posting a 3.26 goals-against average last and a .901 save percentage. Deslauriers has enough experience in the NHL that he can be a competent back up for Jonas Hiller and fill in for him if necessary as he enters his third year in the league.
Deslauriers was once thought to be the heir apparent for the Oilers' goaltending job, but an uneven performance last season after taking over for the injured Nikolai Khabibulin has put that situation in doubt. All you have to know about how the Oilers feel about Deslauriers is that they re-signed him to a one-year deal this offseason while fellow backup Devan Dubnyk got a two-year deal.
Last season was a bit of a mess with Dwayne Roloson, Mathieu Garon and Deslauriers all batting for playing time, that won't be the case this season. Nikolai Khabibulin is the undisputed starter, and Deslauriers will back him up. The Oilers are still unsure if Deslauriers is the goalie of the future. He will have to prove to the organization in a backup role that he can handle the full-time job.
Up and coming young goaltender who was signed to a two-year NHL contract in July, which means he can't be sent down without passing through waivers. He will stick with the team, probably as a backup to Mathieu Garon, as Dwayne Roloson looks to be the odd man out.
Drouin-Deslauriers has good size which helps him out with his butterfly-style of netminding. He still needs to work on the mental apsect of the game, however. He'll return to the AHL again for some more seasoning this year.
Drouin-Deslauriers posted a 4-7 record with Hamilton of the AHL in 2005-06. He still needs plenty of seasoning.
At 6-foot-4, 192 pounds, has great size for the netminder position. Known for his quick glove hand quick legs. He is expected to call the AHL home in 2005-06.