Sieve. POS. Assclown.
I think we graduate to these words because (for the most part) we spend most of our lives being completely and utterly mystified about them.
They’re kind of like women, actually.
Some of us read up on the subject, and try to understand what might make a good goaltender. We see that great goalies are “confident”, have “quick reflexes” and are often given nicknames like “Cat” because of it.
Big goalies always seem like a good idea, until they get hurt because they’re “too big to move laterally” or they have “bad knees.”
Jeff Drouin Deslauriers is a goalie prospect who has mystified even the scouts. He was rated very high (Hockey News had him top 10 in 2002) but fell in his draft year.
Deslauriers’ scouting report is full of the usual vague positives we’ve come to expect from goalies: Has tremendous size and a very projectable frame. Is technically sound and has enough character to overcoming adversity.
Good grief. His negatives are equally non-specific: Needs to be better at recuperating whenever the defense breaks down. Must get into more game action to better develop his skills.
Those of us who have a thirst for knowledge (and leisure time) look deeper, possibly using google to find quotes like this: “He’s got such strong desire,”says his coach, Alain Rajotte. “I remember having P.J. Stock and Matthew Barnaby on my teams a few years ago and they had such a high level of desire. Jeff is the same way. His desire is above what it is for all the other kids. He works hard all the time and he never cheats in practice. Even before practice he does balance drills on (exercise) balls. He works so much that I’m starting to wonder if he ever sleeps. One of these nights I’m going to check in his room to see if he ever goes to bed”.
Redline Report is one of two scouting resources I follow closely (other being ISS). Their 2002 draft preview said this about JDD: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, the biggest surprise of the top-enders, is as big as an octopus and takes up virtually the entire net with his 6-4 frame. In addition, he moves extremely well for a huge man. He has great intangibles with very positive body language and an alert attitude that gives teammates confidence. His rapid rise from nowhere this year gives the impression that he’s got a huge upside if he can continue to make the same type of quantum leap from season-to-season.
So with this as a backdrop, Oiler fans were excited about JDD as a prospect. However, he really hasn’t delivered since summer 2002. He’s been the opposite of all the things said above: inconsistent, lacking in confidence, indifferent. That’s according to the few stories I’ve read about him.
Asiaoil is one of a multitude of quality posters who pops in to the various Oilblogs and his specialty is goaltending. He suggests that a strong “line in the sand” for AHL goalies is .920SP and since no one has the math to counter the suggestion and it passes the logic test let’s go with that as a reasonable expectation of a future #1 goalie.
Here are JDD’s Save Percentages since turning pro:
- 04-05: .888
- 05-06: .897
- 06-07: .907
- 07-08: .926
Deslauriers has had some hot streaks in previous seasons. In January 2006, he played 3 games and had a SP of .929, and in 06-07 he had months of .923 and .924. Deslauriers’ problem has been consistency.
Here’s hoping he has found some, and that those glowing scouting reports that are now 5 years old were accurate, if slow activating.