February 28, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Greenville Grrrowl
GREENVILLE, SC - The Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL, proud affiliates of the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers, have announced that rookie goalie JEFF DESLAURIERS has been recalled by the Edmonton Road Runners. Deslauriers played nine games with Greenville, going 7-1-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage. He will be in the lineup for Edmonton when the Road Runners visit the Cleveland Barons on March 1st, at 7 p.m.
After playing three seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, Deslauriers was selected by the Edmonton Oilers as the first pick of the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (31st overall). The St. Jean-Richelieu, PQ, native played 12 games earlier this season with the Road Runners from October through December. With Edmonton, Deslauriers posted a 4-7-1 record with a 2.86 goals-against and a .916 save percentage.
Deslauriers was sent to Greenville on February 7th, and played in his first ECHL game four days later. He recorded his first Grrrowl win that night, beating the Pee Dee Pride in Florence, SC, 3-2 in a shootout. Deslauriers was in goal again the next night, as Greenville defeated Augusta in overtime. After a 3-1 victory against Louisiana on February 15th, Deslauriers suffered his only loss, falling to Columbia 2-1 on February 17th. The 20-year-old bounced right back, beating Gwinnett, South Carolina, Charlotte and Pee Dee, with the 3-0 victory over Charlotte marking his first professional shutout. In his last start on February 27th, Deslauriers stopped 41 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss in Augusta, GA.
Deslauriers leaves the ECHL leading the league with a .957 save percentage. He joins former Grrrowl players Martin St. Pierre, Mike Morrison and Brent Henley, who are now all regulars in the Edmonton lineup.