Deslauriers registered six hits and 15:32 of ice time Tuesday against Philadelphia. His ice time was a season-high after getting bumped up the depth chart in Evander Kane's (ankle) absence. His six hits were a team-high against the Flyers and doing exactly what he's supposed to do - creating time and space for line mates Ryan O'Reilly and Tyler Ennis, who both finished with a point. As long as Deslauriers remains productive, it'll be difficult for the Sabres to take him off the top line, though given his limited offensive ability he won't score as much as other first-line players.
Deslauriers continues to skate on the top line, reports The Buffalo News. Deslauriers was moved to the top line following Evander Kane's injury (MCL sprain) Saturday against New Jersey and will continue to play with Ryan O'Reilly and Tyler Ennis for the time being. Deslauriers plays a physical style that is similar to Kane's, and should help create room for his line mates. Deslauriers registered seven shot attempts against New Jersey and should continue to have more chances. However, Deslauriers is not expected to stay on the top line every shift, which puts a ceiling on his slight boost in fantasy. He's worth monitoring on the waiver wire but owners shouldn't hold their breaths.
Sabres winger Nicolas Deslauriers was the lone goal scorer in a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday. It was Deslauriers' first goal of the season, who scored just five goals in 82 games last year. The defenseman-turned-winger is a fixture on the Sabres' fourth line and adds some grit and energy, but doesn't contribute enough on offense to be relevant in fantasy.
Nicolas Deslauriers was kept off the scoresheet but was handed a fighting major in Friday's 6-4 loss to Columbus.
Nicolas Deslauriers registered an assist and supplied five hits in Monday's win over the Coyotes.
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