The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract.
Deslauriers, 23, came to the Sabres on March 5, 2014 as part of a trade that shipped Brayden McNabb out to the Los Angeles Kings.
McNabb, along with Jonathan Parker and two second-round picks, went to the Kings; in exchange, the Sabres received the rights to prospect Hudson Fasching and also got Deslauriers as part of the trade.
The Sabres didn’t officially announce the terms of the deal, but CapGeek has the terms listed at $637,500 per year. It’s also a one-way deal, meaning Deslauriers will earn the same amount of money regardless of whether he plays in the NHL or the AHL next season.
After joining the Sabres in March, Deslauriers split the rest of the season between Buffalo and Rochester.
He had one goal and 18 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Sabres this past season — the first NHL action of his career. Deslauriers notched his first NHL goal on April 4 against the Detroit Red Wings.
Half of his penalty minutes with the Buffalo Sabres came in the final game of the season against the New York Islanders. After getting handed a roughing penalty earlier in the game, Deslauriers dropped the gloves with Scott Mayfield and got a five for fighting penalty as well as two for roughing.
Deslauriers also appeared in five regular season games and five playoff games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
He had one goal and two assists with Rochester in the regular season and added an additional two points in the playoffs before the Amerks were ousted in the first round by the Chicago Wolves.
Prior to joining the Buffalo Sabres organization, Deslauriers spent the previous three seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, farm team of Los Angeles. He had 39 points – including 18 goals – in 60 games with Manchester in the 2013-14 season before the trade to Buffalo.
It’s unclear at this point where Deslauriers will end up next season – or if he’ll perhaps be a call-up, send-back-down player throughout the year, but he’ll provide a physical presence no matter where he winds up.