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Known for his fighting spirit and his game robust, Deslauriers (#44 here in the uniform of the Sabres of Buffalo), has participated in fourteen games with the Rocket, scoring three goals and two helpers.
At 6 feet 1 inch and 215 pounds, Nicolas Deslauriers has an impressive appearance and, in the past, he has demonstrated that he knows how to use it. But Claude Julien believes that the attacker montreal has much more to offer and it has had the opportunity to demonstrate Thursday night against the Coyotes in Arizona at the Bell Centre.
A few minutes after having participated in the victory of Rocket de Laval against the Comets in Utica on Wednesday night at Place Bell, Deslauriers has been informed that he was going to have to borrow one of the bridges overlooking the rivière des Prairies for the first game of his career in the uniform of the Canadian.
“This is not just for me, but it is also for my family and my friends,” said Deslauriers when asked about his impressions at the idea of wearing the sweater tri-color, after the brief training session of the players on Thursday morning.
“This is the team that we looked at when we were young and I’ll proudly wear the sweater not only for me, but for all those around me. I’m here to do a job and I’ll do anything to stay here. This will be a different sensation, but by this time, I try not to think too much about it. These are things that do affect me not. “
Known for his fighting spirit and his game robust, Deslauriers has participated in fourteen games with the Rocket, scoring three goals and two helpers. It displays a ratio defensive plus-6 and has accumulated 16 penalty minutes.
“I went to Laval with the idea of working and telling me that what must happen will happen. It happened last night [Wednesday] and I am super happy with it. Things were going well for me this season, and I know very well what is expected of me. It is not necessary that I get out of my element, it is necessary that I bring a little toughness, as I do from the beginning [in Laval], ” said Deslauriers, who has scored 12 goals and 18 assists, with 186 penalty minutes, in 211 games during his four seasons with the Sabres of Buffalo between 2013 and 2017.
Claude Julien was able to see Deslauriers at work Wednesday night and he had a lot of good things to say about it. He had also heard positive comments from the leaders of the Rocket.
“He has a physically imposing, he is skating well, but it is also a player who plays intelligently. It takes good decisions, and has done a lot of good things to Laval.
“In Buffalo, from what we have seen, we sent it out to hit everything that moved on the ice. I see a player who has much more to offer than that, ” described Julian, who has also praised the attitude of Deslauriers to Laval and the leadership he has displayed.