Nicolas Deslauriers
Nicolas Deslauriers
28-Year-Old Left WingLW
Montreal Canadiens
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Montreal's acquisition of Deslauriers flew under the radar -- and deservedly so -- but the fourth-line grinder turned in a very surprising offensive season for a team desperately in need of it. He notched a career-high 10 goals, 13.0 shooting percentage and generated 109 high-danger scoring chances, the most among the fourth-line regulars. It earned him a two-year contract extension, and his team-high 238 hits made him a Bell Centre favorite. The offensive output is way out of line with his career norms, plus his possession metrics indicate there was a bit of luck to his production. He'll likely reprise his role on the fourth line once ready to return from a facial fracture, but don't expect a repeat in offense when he's ready. Be satisfied with the hits. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens in February of 2018.
Activated Thursday
LWMontreal Canadiens
March 29, 2019
Deslauriers entered the active lineup for Thursday's loss to the Blue Jackets. He had one shot and two hits over 14:14 of ice time.
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Deslauriers took the spot of Paul Byron, who was unavailable due to an upper-body injury suffered when he was on the receiving end of a beating from Florida's MacKenzie Weeger during Tuesday's game. It's likely Deslauriers got the nod due to the big, physical opponent, but there are other options for coach Claude Julien going forward. Depending on the matchup, Julien has Matthew Peca, Dale Weise and Charles Hudon as potential fill-ins.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    10:02
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:23
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
7:25
0:02
0:02
2017–18
11:36
0:01
1:03
2018–19
10:02
0:02
0:23
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Deslauriers notched just two assists in 42 games last year, serving as a fourth-line banger. The defenseman-turned-winger is a hitting machine, but unfortunately does not offer much in other aspects of the game. He'll play a similar role for the 2017-18 season, but if his production and consistency don't improve, he may not see much action with the Sabres. Deslauriers will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Deslauriers appeared in all 82 games in his first full season with the Sabres, scoring five goals and 15 points while becoming a mainstay on the team's fourth line as a tireless grinder. He's expected to build on his success in his sophomore year, where he should be able to contribute a little more offensively without sacrificing his style of play. However, with a glut of bodies up front, Deslauriers will have to prove he's worthy of a full-time spot once again.
Acquired in a late-season trade from Los Angeles, the converted defenseman provides some extra offense and size on the wing. The Sabres love his physical play, but there are other aspects of Deslauriers’ game that needs to improve. In 17 games with the Sabres in 2013-14, Deslauriers managed just one goal and finished with a minus-10 rating. Deslauriers won’t play a big role for the Sabres, if at all. He needs to get more comfortable playing as a forward and prove that his 18-goal performance in the AHL was no fluke.
Deslauriers was a huge disappointment last year in his first season away from the QMJHL, registering just 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 61 games after averaging nearly a point-per-game in the previous season. He entered the season as the team's best offensive prospect from the blue line behind Thomas Hickey, but will need to re-establish himself this year or risk getting buried on the organizational depth chart.
Deslauriers had another fine season in the QMJHL, recording 43 points (14 G, 30 A) in 48 games. He then lead all QMJHL blueliners in playoff scoring (5 G, 15 A in 24 games) as he took his team to the finals. He's the Kings' best offensive prospect among their blueliners behind Thomas Hickey and bears watching as he enters the pro ranks.
Deslauriers was selected in the third round of the 2009 Entry draft out of the QMJHL. The Kings are stocked with young blueliners so he'll have a hard time distinguishing himself within the organization. There's no reason to get excited here until he moves up a few levels.
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Not playing for points
LWMontreal Canadiens
January 24, 2019
Deslauriers last found the scoresheet back on Dec. 28.
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Healthy scratch Saturday
LWMontreal Canadiens
December 30, 2018
Deslauriers was a healthy scratch Saturday against Tampa Bay.
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Scores second goal
LWMontreal Canadiens
December 29, 2018
Deslauriers scored a goal on two shots and had three hits in Friday's 5-3 win over Florida.
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Delivers three hits in return
LWMontreal Canadiens
December 23, 2018
Deslauriers had two shots and three hits over 8:24 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Vegas.
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Scratched Thursday
LWMontreal Canadiens
December 14, 2018
Deslauriers was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Carolina.
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