Jeff Deslauriers. Photo Courtesy of Steven Christy Photography www.stevenchristyphotography.com
To say that Jeff Deslauriers underwhelmed is, well, an underwhelming statement. He wasn’t the golden boy or blue chip prospect that the Oilers had hoped. As a matter of fact, by the time he reached the Barons in their inaugural season it appeared he would eventually become trade bait or land somewhere international at the seasons end.
And it really is a shame because when Deslauriers was good, he was really good. His large frame prompted a drop quickly style of goaltending that kept the shots high and wide. In addition, he was quick. Snapping shots out of thin air. However, when he was bad, he was really bad. He never found a decent rhythm of consistency in net, failed horribly on his glove-side, and fumbled almost exclusively when he handled the puck.
Although he had a great final leg of the season, posting back-to-back shutouts, it was way too little, way too late.
I’ll always have a fondness for JDD and the role of young/developer he played while in tandem with the old/seasoned Martin Gerber. The yin and yang of it all was equal parts gut wrenching and entertaining. So long Jeff, may your glove-side find favor elsewhere.