Buffalo Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers hasn’t managed to record a point yet this season, going scoreless through his first seven appearances with the Atlantic Division club.
Now, he’ll have to wait weeks before he’s able to try and find the scoreboard.
It was confirmed on Sunday morning that Deslauriers, a former third round pick from the Los Angeles Kings, has been sidelined with a knee injury that’s expected to keep him out for a significant chunk of time. He’ll be replaced in the lineup by forward Nicholas Baptiste, who was recalled from the AHL’s Rochester Americans earlier on Sunday.
A native of LaSalle, Quebec, the 25-year-old Deslauriers was selected by the Kings with the 89th overall pick in 2009 out of the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
After skating with the Huskies and the Gatineau Olympiques, Deslauriers went pro within the Kings’ system in 2011, skating exclusively with the Manchester Monarchs until he was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres. He was part of a package deal with Hudson Fasching for Jonathan Parker, Brayden McNabb, and two second round picks.
Serving predominantly as a bottom six offensive talent for Buffalo, the loss of the winger isn’t the worst thing that could happen for the Sabres. With names like Evander Kane and Jack Eichel already out for injury, though, the Atlantic Division club is likely still concerned that yet another player has been unable to stay off of the injured reserve list.