Wild beef up with trade Nicolas Deslauriers from Ducks

Nicolas Deslauriers
Feb 22, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Nicolas Deslauriers (20) and San Jose Sharks left wing Jonah Gadjovich (42) fight in the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild acquired physical winger Nicolas Deslauriers from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers, who turned 31 last month, in scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Although not considered a high-volume scorer, with only one 10-goal season in his nine NHL seasons, the Wild admitted they sought a player with necessary edge ahead of the looming postseason. He has 210 hits on the year to date.

Wild beef up with Nicolas Deslauriers

“Nic brings a certain abrasiveness to his game that we all like, and we agreed that he’s a guy that would make us better,” Wild general manager Bill Guerin said. “We saw him a lot last year, and we’ve been following him a lot this year. He brings a physical nature to the game, leadership, sticks up for his teammates. He kills penalties. He’s definitely a good add.”

Deslauriers has scored five goals with five assists in 61 games for the Ducks this season. His 90 penalty minutes rank seventh in the league, with his 10 fights ranking tied for first in the NHL.

In 486 career games he has 41 goals and 41 assists along with 498 penalty minutes. He has had a positive plus/minus rating just once in his NHL career.

Originally a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 2009, Deslauriers broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013-14 season before also playing for the Montreal Canadiens (2017-19) and Ducks (2019-22).

–Field Level Media