Deslauriers was acquired from Buffalo in exchange for Zach Redmond on Wednesday and will report to the Laval Rocket, Montreal's AHL affiliate. The 26-year-old winger had already been waived Saturday, and he will now try to re-launch his career with the Montreal organization. Deslauriers probably will be nothing more than a depth option for the Habs as the season progresses and doesn't carry much value from a fantasy standpoint, having scored just 12 goals and 30 points over 211 NHL contests.
The Sabres waived Deslauriers on Saturday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The 26-year-old Deslauriers only managed to tally two assists in 42 games with the Sabres last season, battling a knee injury and also spending time in the press box as a healthy scratch. The writing was probably on the wall when the Sabres claimed veteran winger Jordan Nolan off waivers, as Nolan will play the same physical, hard-hitting, fourth-line role Deslauriers has for the past three seasons. Deslauriers is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Deslauriers notched four hits over 13:51 of ice time during Wednesday's win over Montreal. That was actually his biggest ice time of the season. The fourth-line winger has been in and out of the lineup for the Sabres, and he's failed to contribute offensively when called upon -- no goals and two assists in 40 games played. That's likely why he's been a healthy scratch in seven of the past 15 games. Not surprisingly, the 26-year-old has seen a decline in playing time for three consecutive seasons.
Deslauriers recorded his first point -- an assist -- of the season during Friday's loss to Columbus. The 26-year-old winger has played just 35 games this season, and he's been in and out of the lineup all year. There is no reason to turn his way in any virtual settings at this stage of the game. Additionally, with a career high of just 15 points, it's unlikely Deslauriers' fantasy fortunes improve.
Deslauriers will be the odd-man out Thursday against Colorado if Evander Kane (flu) returns to the lineup, the Olean Times Herald reports. Deslauriers has played just 29 games this season as a depth forward for the Sabres, and has drawn in and out of the lineup in spot duty. After scoring 12 points the previous season, he's yet to register a point this season and registered just 15 shots on goal. He played just 5:58 against Ottawa and is not a fantasy relevant player.
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