Jeff Deslauriers: Good Times, Bad Times

We knew the Edmonton Oilers believed in Jeff Deslauriers and this year the club needed him to carry the load. He had some excellent games, some poor ones and even more games where he mixed the good and bad randomly. Watching rookie goaltenders can turn you grey. Ask Pat Quinn.

  • Boxcars: 48gp, 3.26
  • SP: .901
  • WLT: 16-28-4
  • SP behind starter: .008
  • Cap hit (capgeek): $.600M (rfa)
  1. What do these numbers tell us? There were 6 rookie goalies who played over 1,000 minutes in the NHL this season. They were: Rask (Bos) .931; Howard (Det) .924; Varlamov (Was) .909; Gustafsson (Tor) .902; Deslauriers (Edm) .901 and Dubnyk (Edm) .889. JDD played in front of a poor team but you’d be hard pressed to include him among the league’s top rookies at the position. Deslauriers had some outstanding games (3 SO’s tied him with Howard for 2nd among first year G’s) but as mentioned above there were some poor moments.
  2. How could these numbers be better? JDD does have one year’s experience now and must have picked up a few things along the way. I don’t think his resume looks like a starting goaltender’s, but it is also true this is a tough position to project (partly because it relies so heavily on the quality of the men in front of the goalie).
  3. What about injury? He’s healthy.
  4. What about a trade? The Oilers do like him, but it is likely that Tambellini will deal one of the kids and use the other as a backup to Khabibulin. I think it is anyone’s guess as to which way they go in this area.
  5. Did Chabot help? I have no idea.
  6. Could he start in front of Khabibulin? I don’t think so. His EV was .905, which trails the veteran (.924) by a lot and isn’t much better than Dubnyk’s (.902).
  7. How important is he to the organization? I don’t know if he’s in the long term plans. We should get an indication this summer, as Tambellini has suggested that the club doesn’t want to have a repeat of the three-headed monster from a couple of years ago.

Predictions Past 2009-10: 27gp, 3.19 .898
Performance  in 2009-10: 48gp, 3.26 .901

Projected Role in 2009-10: NHL backup goalie

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