Coming from back-to-back wins in New Jersey and New York, where he blocked 77 of the 80 shots he received, Jean-François Drouin-Deslauriers is starting to turn heads.
The young Oilers netminder is slowly making a name for himself and vying for more starts in the NHL's only ménage à trois with Mathieu Garon and Dwayne Roloson.
In 4 games this season with the Oilers, Drouin-Deslauriers, has 3 wins to go with a 1,71 GAA and .951 Save %.
The 24 year-old goalie from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, spent the past two seasons in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins where he won a total of 48 games.
The 6'4'' 200 lb Drouin-Deslauriers was drafted by the Oilers in the 2nd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a one-way two-year contract with the Oilers worth $1,250,00 M ($625,000 per season) this summer. Therefore, Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini had to keep him in the NHL to start the season.
Deslauriers' emergence will allow Tambellini to shop Dwayne Roloson before the trade deadline, without fear of going with a Garon-Deslauriers tandem in the playoffs (should the Oilers make it).
Drouin-Deslauriers is only owned in 2% of Yahoo's Fantasy Leagues, so it's time to pluck him off waivers.
Who is he? Another backup we turned into Roy for a night.
The guy definitely looks like the real deal so far. He also has the coolest name ever.
who is Jean-Francois? Deslauriers isn't a surprise to most oilers fan, he's been brought up like Ryan Miller was in Buffalo. Few years in the minors and now finally getting a chance to play. This guy is the real deal and will be a solid goalie for years to come.
It's an embarrassment of riches for the Oilers these days. They have three excellent guys is Edmonton and Dubnyk is playing EXREMELY well in Springfield too.