Drouin and out

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI,

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers aren't demoting Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, they're blowing the dust off him.

He has just one start since Nov. 13, and with Dwayne Roloson in fine form it doesn't look like he'll get another one anytime soon. So the Oilers asked him to accept a two-week conditioning stint in Springfield, which he did.

"It's never easy when you have to go down, but I'm going down to get some time to play," Deslauriers said after the Nashville game. "My focus is to go down and get some games in and feel good about my game. I want some playing time. I will be good for me to get some. It's going to be a good thing for me."

Not that the NHL experience hasn't been.

"I always think on the bright side. I wasn't playing a lot, but it gave me more time to practice and improve things I wasn't comfortable with," he said, adding he understands the three-goalie situation is always going to be difficult on someone. "The guys (Roloson and Mathieu Garon) are playing good right now. (Getting a start here) is out of my control."


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