• 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.
  • Sabres' Deslauriers Stays Hot Saturday

    News: Nicolas Deslauriers recorded two points in Saturday's comeback victory over the Islanders, scoring a third-period goal and assisting on another. He finished the night with five shot attempts and five hits.
    Analysis: Nicolas Deslauriers' wrist shot with less than 14 minutes remaining in the third period broke up goalie Kevin Poulin's shutout and ignited a furious rally for the Sabres, who overcame a 3-0 deficit in a matter of six minutes. The winger has tallied two goals and two assists over the last three games, solidifying his place for now on the club's second line.
  • Sabres' Deslauriers Finds Net Tuesday

    News: Nicolas Deslauriers potted his third goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Red Wings.
    Analysis: A rash of injuries at forward forced Nicolas Deslauriers from his usual bottom-six spot up to the second line Tuesday, a role he's probably a bit underqualified to fill. While he was able to come away with a point, his overall scoring marks (10 points in 35 games) on the season don't make him much of an interesting fantasy option. Roster him only if you need help in the hits category, where his total of 108 ranks first on the team.
  • Sabres' Deslauriers: Three-Game Point Streak

    News: Nicolas Deslauriers bagged a goal in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Sharks.
    Analysis: The bottom-six forward has a three-game point streak going, but since he's attempted just one shot on goal in each of those contests, it wouldn't seem to be worthwhile to read to much into the surge in production. Nicolas Deslauriers instead carries most of his value in the form of PIM (28 in 20 games) and hits (66).