Jeff Deslauriers

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Jeff Deslauriers
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With the 2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons.
Born (1984-05-15) May 15, 1984 (age 34)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec,
Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Anaheim Ducks
Dinamo Riga
Augsburger Panther
NHL Draft 31st overall, 2002
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 20042016

Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (born May 15, 1984) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. Deslauriers was selected by the Oilers in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with the 31st overall pick.

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Playing career

Deslauriers was selected from Chicoutimi of the QMJHL, where he was the starting goaltender for three seasons. The 2004-05 season was Deslauriers' first professional experience. He split time between the Edmonton Road Runners of the AHL and the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL. It was not a good season for Deslauriers, as he fought injury problems, and played for an AHL team that failed to make the playoffs. In the 2005-06 season, due to the Oilers not having a farm team, Deslauriers only played 13 games and struggled, before being sent down once again to the Grrrowl. The 2006-07 season was a turnaround, however. Deslauriers was back in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and eventually became the team's starting goaltender. He played well, and ranked among the top goaltenders in the league.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League sports league

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Edmonton Road Runners ice hockey team

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Deslauriers in an Edmonton Oilers uniform in 2009

On October 17, 2008, Deslauriers earned his first NHL win in a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. Over the course of his first four appearances, he put up sparkling numbers, including a 3-0 record with a 1.50 GAA and a .951 save percentage. However, after two games where he allowed four goals or more, and as a result of the three-headed goaltending carousel of Dwayne Roloson and Mathieu Garon, he was relegated to the bench and occasional rehab stints in the AHL. With the trade of Garon to the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, he regained his full-time backup position as Edmonton's number two goalie.

Calgary Flames hockey team of the National Hockey League

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Mathieu Garon Canadian ice hockey player

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Following the 2008-09 NHL Season, Roloson left the Oilers via free-agency, and the Oilers replaced him with veteran goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Deslauriers was to be his back-up, and he started off the season with limited playing time. He played just three times in Edmonton's first 21 games, but posted respectable stats, going 1-1-1 with a 1.96 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. Shortly after his 3rd start, Khabibulin was injured and Deslauriers went on to start 14 straight games in his absence, but with less impressive statistics. In January 2010, the Oilers announced that Khabibulin would undergo season ending surgery, thrusting Deslauriers into the starting role. After an unspectacular year as the Oilers number one goalie, Deslauriers had to battle in training camp for the back-up role against Devan Dubnyk and former NHLer Martin Gerber. At first the Oilers decided to keep both Dubnyk and Deslauriers, though Deslauriers did not receive any playing time. On November 1, 2010, Deslauriers was placed on waivers leaving Devan Dubnyk as the primary backup for the Oilers. Deslauriers was assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons where he was the number two goalie behind Gerber.

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Deslauriers played for Team Canada at the 2010 Spengler Cup where he was named top goaltender.

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On July 12, 2011, Deslauriers signed a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. On January 10, 2012, he earned his first win as a Duck, a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. [1]

Anaheim Ducks Hockey team of the National Hockey League

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Dallas Stars Ice hockey team of the National Hockey League

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After playing the entirety of the 2013–14 season in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Deslauriers as a free agent agreed to attend the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp on a try-out contract on September 2, 2014. [2] He was released from his tryout by the Kings on September 26, 2014. [3]

After one season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Latvian club Dinamo Riga, Deslauriers continued his career abroad by signing a one-year contract with German club, Augsburger Panther of the DEL on June 19, 2015. [4]

Upon his retirement, Deslauriers resided in Edmonton and worked in commercial real estate. [5]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGPWLT/OTMINGA SO GAA SV% GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2001–02 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 5128201290917013.51.9004031972006.09.844
2002–03 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL5418241258216403.81.8884042401503.76.904
2003–04 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQJMHL5021206270112912.87.916181089565013.14.907
2004–05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 22613212586202.96.888
2004–05 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 117316731262.32.940
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL134706663503.15.897
2005–06 Greenville GrrrowlECHL62403351703.05.899
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL402212322319242.47.908
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL5726235304514702.90.912
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 104305403003.34.901
2008–09 Springfield FalconsAHL51402861302.73.906
2009–10 Edmonton OilersNHL4816284279815233.26.901
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL351713419459132.81.90610120309.00.500
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL166908645403.75.881
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL43102411102.74.902
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL2110120703.51.889
2012–13 Fort Wayne Komets ECHL156818674703.25.902
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL3110103211.17.967
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL402015321409212.58.895
2014–15 Dinamo Riga KHL 134817433312.66.903
2015–16 Augsburger Panther DEL 3514180183610503.43.888
2016–17 Lacombe Generals ChHL 32.98.917
NHL totals6223324357819333.24.901

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References

  1. "Ducks sign Deslauriers". Fox Sports . July 12, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  2. "Training camp at Staples, Deslauriers try-out". lakingsinsider.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  3. "Kings announced player transactions". LA Kings Official Website. September 26, 2014.
  4. "Jeff Deslauriers new number 1 goalie" (in German). Augsburger Panther . June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  5. https://cwedm.com/jeff-deslauriers-joins-cushman-wakefield-edmonton/