Oilers #17 Prospect December 2007: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers

Current Rank: 17

Summer 2007: Not Ranked

Jeff Deslauriers’ pro career has been a long and winding road. He often begins AHL seasons like gangbusters and then falls off the face of the map as the year wears on. I’m ranking him 17th this season but a look back at previous top 20′s gives you an idea about how up and down he’s been: 6th (2003), 2nd (2004), 2nd (2005), 11th (2006) and I had him unranked in the summer.

Another good indicator of his up and down career is his Save Percentage from the 2006-07 season, by month:

  • October .924
  • November .887
  • December .923
  • January .913
  • February .911
  • March .865
  • April .921

All months but October featured at least 5 games (4 in October). Deslauriers currently ranks in a tie for 7th in terms of SP in the AHL this season (.921) and has consistently been in a cluster of players in the top 10 this season in this category.

In terms of scouting reports, Guy Flaming from Hockey’s Future offers this analysis:

JDD is a big and agile goalie who uses his size to his advantage. Even when he is down in the butterfly position, his upright upper body covers most of the net. His side-to-side lateral movement is very good and his positioning is exceptional. Very hard to beat down low. He stills needs to work on rebound-control, as well as inside-edge control. His glove hand might be his weakness. JDD is very aggressive and challenges shooters. He has quick legs and a lightning fast reflexes. Scouts have pointed to an ability to psyche himself out at times, allowing a bad goal to really affect the way he plays. Off ice circumstances have sometimes shown harmful to his on ice performance although last year JDD showed maturity in his mental game.

How many starting NHL goalies have as their weakness their glove hand? I’m asking because I don’t know.

It doesn’t sound good though.

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3 Responses to "Oilers #17 Prospect December 2007: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers"

  1. Lowetide says:

    Deslauriers got called up today, emergency recall with Roloson having the flu/strep throat.

  2. Nelson88 says:

    I am going to go out on a limb and say JDD is the prospect most likely to surprise (positively) in the next 2 years.

  3. Bryanbryoil says:

    nelson88, that is a very good call IMO. I have seen a large % of Springfield’s games this year and JDD has had maybe 3 outings where he wasn’t very good. The rest he has been from very good to excellent. Buchberger has commented that he believe that “JDD is the best goalie in teh AHL” and “he’ll be up with Edmonton sooner than most think”. The only thing that puzzles me with JDD is his lack of having a shut-out this season. He has been dominant in net, using his excellent lateral movement, a very good glove hand (what used to be his biggest knock other than consistency), and his large frame. I believe that his emergence this year makes Roloson expendable in a trade. The ionly problem I have is that they haven’t been able to work him into a game yet. A very solid prospect who gets underrated due to his age.

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