Nicolas Deslauriers

#44 D / Buffalo Sabres / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 230 lb Age: 24 College: None

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      Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers: Maintains spot on top line

      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.

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      Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers: Gets top-line assignment

      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.

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      Nicolas Deslauriers scores Sabres' lone goal in loss to Lightning

      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.

    • Earns fighting major in final preseason game

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers was kept off the scoresheet but was handed a fighting major in Friday's 6-4 loss to Columbus.
      Analysis: Nicolas Deslauriers is set to open up the season on the team's fourth line as hard-hitting, aggressive checker. Though the Sabres blue line is banged up and Deslauriers has experience playing on defense, head coach Dan Bylsma has given no indication that he'll move him to defense. Deslauriers is only valuable in leagues that put an emphasis on hits and penalty minutes, otherwise he's not on the fantasy radar.
    • Sabres' Deslauriers Gets Assist, Five Hits In Win

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers registered an assist and supplied five hits in Monday's win over the Coyotes.
      Analysis: Nicolas Deslauriers is an above-average source of hits (246) and PIM (69), but the offensive production has been far too limited for fantasy players to make much use of him. Couple the lack of scoring with the minus-22 rating Deslauriers currently sits on, and it's tough to find any format where the positives outweigh the negatives.
    • Sabres' Deslauriers To Play Tuesday

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers (illness) is taking part in pregame warmups and looks set to play Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
      Analysis: After leaving early during the morning skate after feeling under the weather, Nicolas Deslauriers seems to have made enough progress over the afternoon to give it a go Tuesday night. He slotted in on the Sabres' third line during pregame rushes, so look for him to see most of his action there against the Blue Jackets.
    • Sabres' Deslauriers Dealing With Illness

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers missed the Sabres' morning skate due to an illness and is questionable to play Tuesday against the Blue Jackets, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 Sports Radio reports. "He's a little under the weather; he came down to the rink this morning and didn't have too much sleep," coach Ted Nolan said of the ill forward. "He was fevered up, so we sent him back to the hotel and we'll see how he feels come game time."
      Analysis: Nolan's words suggest the Sabres are treating Nicolas Deslauriers as a true game-time decision. The team has no other extra forward on its roster and no roster spots available to add one from AHL Rochester, so Nikita Zadorov would likely be forced to skate as a seventh defenseman Tuesday if Deslauriers can't play.
    • Sabres' Deslauriers Absent From Morning Skate

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers was absent from the Sabres' morning skate Tuesday.
      Analysis: No reason was given for Nicolas Deslauriers' absence, which makes him a game-time decision Tuesday against Columbus. However, with no call-up from AHL Rochester announced and with linemates Marcus Foligno and Brian Flynn practicing without a third player, it looks like Deslauriers will be absent for only a short term. His status Tuesday is questionable at the moment.
    • Sabres' Deslauriers Scores On One Attempt

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers scored on his only shot attempt during Thursday's eventual 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.
      Analysis: Nicolas Deslauriers has fewer shot attempts (50) than games played (58), as his game is not geared toward the type of offensive numbers that fantasy owners crave. Instead, look for Deslauriers to put up friendlier numbers for categories not involving the puck, such as penalty minutes and hits.
    • Sabres' Deslauriers May Sit Against Lightning

      News: Nicolas Deslauriers' poor effort in a loss to Carolina may cost him his spot in the lineup Friday, reports WGR 550.
      Analysis: Nicolas Deslauriers' penalties cost the Sabres two goals and head coach Ted Nolan said Deslauriers' performance will have an effect. The Sabres won't reveal their new lineup until moments before Friday's game, but don't be surprised if Deslauriers' name isn't there. He has 12 points in 42 games this season but his performances have been inconsistent.
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