Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings
in the third round (84th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League
Entry Draft, many have kept an anxious eye on defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers
, because he had the size, strength, skating ability, and more—he already looked like he had many of the necessary attributes—maybe even the complete package—of the prototypical NHL-caliber defenseman.
But the 22-year-old, 6-1, 214-pound native of LaSalle, Quebec had one hitch in his game: defensive zone play was a rather foreign concept to him, but that was not necessarily his fault. After all, he played his major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which has a reputation for run-and-gun, fire wagon hockey, with little defense.
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