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Jeff Deslauriers agrees to tryout with Kings

Sep 2, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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Jonathan Quick is obviously a lock to start the season as the Los Angeles Kings’ number one goaltender, but the backup job might still be open. Martin Jones, 24, is projected to win the roster spot after posting a 1.81 GAA and .934 save percentage in 19 games last season, but he’ll have some extra competition after Jeff Deslauriers accepted a training camp invite, per LA Kings Insider.

Deslauriers has 62 NHL games under his belt, but he hasn’t played at the top level since the 2011-12 campaign. The 30-year-old goaltender had a 2.58 GAA and .895 save percentage in 40 AHL contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season.

If Deslauriers isn’t able to secure a roster spot with the Kings, then he might still sign with them to serve in the AHL and provide the franchise with another potential injury replacement if Jones or Quick end up on the sidelines.

As is always the case with training camp invites, it’s also entirely possible that Deslauriers won’t end up sticking with Los Angeles’ organization. The Kings invited Mathieu Garon to training camp in 2013 so that he could compete with Ben Scrivens for the backup job, but after Garon lost the battle, he was released from his tryout agreement.

  1. blomfeld - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    “He’ll have a difficult time winning the backup job over Martin Jones” …

    YA THINK ?

    *** The Planet’s Top NHL Goalies as per Le Monde Sports ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider

    563) Cory Crawford
    564) Ilya Bryzgalov
    565) Roberto Luongo
    566) Robert Wagner

  2. cantescapekarma - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Just curious, does anyone know if he is related to Nick Deslauriers (of the Buffalo Sabres)?

    • Gigagigagilgamesh - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      It’s quite a common name in French Canada-

      So I bet that they aren’t related!!

      Nick actually scored a game winner against Jeff during a Monarchs game~

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