RE 09-10: Jeff Deslauriers

In Ken Dryden’s whimsical, engaging and hilarious book “The Game” he talks about the life of a pro hockey player and gives it a phrase: hurry up and wait. Hurry up after the game, because there’s a new town ahead. Wait, because after packing up and flying out, there’s the hotel, a night’s sleep and then waking up to realize there’s no game until tomorrow.

Jeff Drouin Deslauriers has been in pro hockey for years now and for most of it he’s been an orphan. The Oilers had no minor league team, and then when he finally made the grade they had too many goalies. For JDD, “hurry up and wait” became “wait and wait and wait” but it looks like the spotlight will finally shine on him this season.

The Oilers don’t have a safety net in 2009-10.

  • Boxcars: 10gp, 3.33
  • SP: .901
  • WLT: 4-3-0
  • SP behind starter: .014
  • Cap hit (capgeek): $.625M
  1. What do these numbers tell us? Not a lot, there aren’t enough at-bats to draw a conclusion. He wasn’t awful (he was better than Curtis McElhinney a year ago) but his hold on an NHL job isn’t strong based on the numbers.
  2. How could these numbers change this season? He’ll play more and the major questions for Oilers fans have to do with Khabibulin’s health and JDD’s ability to pick up the slack. The temptation should be very strong for Quinn to play his veteran but that might hurry an injury. It’s less than ideal, which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to the Oilers and how they use Jeff Deslauriers.
  3. What about injury? Health doesn’t seem to be a problem. Ever.
  4. What about a trade? He might be dealt along with a prospect or pick for an experienced goalie (say at the deadline) but the Oilers seem devoted to JDD.
  5. What about Frederic Chabot? The new goalie coach had an NHL career 32 games in length, one hopes he can help JDD get beyond that number.
  6. How important is Deslauriers to the Oilers? Well they like him a ton, always have. I don’t know (and we’ve discussed it) that there is any proof Deslauriers will be even average as an NHL player (Tyler has a few lengthy items on the subject at his site). But at least we’re about to find out. Amazing stat: he already ranks 7th in NHL games played among over 30 goalies selected by the Oilers in the Entry draft.

Predictions Past 2008-09

  • Predicted: 10gp, 3.50 .887
  • Actual: 10gp, 3.33 .901

Prediction for 2009-10: 27gp, 3.19 .898

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12 Responses to "RE 09-10: Jeff Deslauriers"

  1. quain says:

    A completely useless stat because it's such a small sample, but if you take only games that JDD started, he had a SV% of 0.917. I don't believe that's his true skill level, but hey, it looks better!

  2. Smytty777 says:

    Quain: it does demonstrate the problem with such a small sample size. The blow outs against Buffalo and Detroit where the Oilers were leaking a goal every three shifts have a very significant impact when you only play in 10 games.

  3. shanetrain says:

    That pic of Deslaurier is hopefully not a glimpse into the future for him.

    Get in the bloody net man!

  4. oil dude says:

    A completely useless stat because it's such a small sample, but if you take only games that JDD started, he had a SV% of 0.917

    The "debacle of monumental proportions" destroyed JDD's numbers. He let in 7 goals on 29 shots. Now I know that nothing occurs in a vacuum but without that game (his first game action in 2 months) he would have a .916 SV%. and 2.82 GAA.

  5. B.C.B. says:

    LT: I noticed, that between JDJ and the Bulin Wall, you only have 75 games played. Who do you think will play the last 7? A vet or Dubnyck?

  6. oilerdago says:

    BCB: I noticed the same thing when I read through it earlier (7 games not accounted for).

    Originally was thinking it depended on where the team sits when Khabibulin's projected injury happens.

    But the org has to make a decision next summer or JDD or DD (who's the goalie of the futre). Can't carry 3 again so DD gets a look (imo).

    Whether it projects to anything or not depends on how he's used.

  7. R-Gib says:

    Hey just noticed this piece on Stortini sparring with Big Georges.

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Edmonton/2009/08/20/10529316-sun.html

  8. tcho says:

    So, doing a quick/rough calculation of GA. Allowing for 31 shots against/game (call me an optimist) I have Khabibulin on for 128 GA and JDD on for 108 GA. That would be 236 GA as a team for the season.

  9. tcho says:

    This would've been good for 9th in the WC last year (although it's a log jam in the 230s), and 10 fewer GA than last year. The D and forwards have a bit more experience, different goaltender, loss of Brodziak – the difference makers.

  10. NBOilerFan says:

    B.C.B. said…
    LT: I noticed, that between JDJ and the Bulin Wall, you only have 75 games played. Who do you think will play the last 7? A vet or Dubnyck?

    Yes, Dubnyk.

    LT mentioned in a post a while back about expectation coming up for all three goalies, thus he must be expecting Dubnyk to get 7 games. And I think that is reasonable for sure.

    Its very likely that Khabibulin is injured for an extended time, but regardless, unless Deslauriers is able to light it up as either the backup or the main tender during any injury time to Khabby, Dubnyk will see some action for sure barring any trade for a vet goalie.

  11. spOILer says:

    From the Seen Him Good Department…

    IMO, he gets up and down remarkable well for a large man. From pads up to skates, I think he might even be world class.

    His angles, rebound control, and reads look okay. Not great, but not bad either. And those are things that can be improved with work and experience.

    His composure, mental toughness seems better than what we were hearing in the past, but again small sample size.

    His glove hand, however, looks far too slow to my eye.

    …Like he hasn't been engaging in the same off-ice activities as a young Pat "BDHS" McLean, or with nearly the same frequency.

    And if he doesn't change his ways, I can see him getting the same scouting report as erstwhile Oiler goalie Mathieu Garon: shoot shelf, glove side.

  12. Hockey Noob says:

    @Shanetrain,

    Yeah, it's an interesting picture for sure. He certainly looks a tad bit out of position to my 'untrained' eye.

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