Standout defenceman Nic Deslauriers is more than making up for lost time during the Gatineau Olympiques' playoff run. The Los Angeles Kings prospect, thanks to a knee injury that cost him 20 games during the regular season, missed his chance to try out for Team Canada. As demoralizing as that could have been, he's been a horse on the blueline while helping the Olympiques extend the favoured Quebec Remparts to Game 7 in the QMJHL semifinal series. It's like he was never out. [...] "I think I had a good recovery," says Deslauriers, who's in his likely final junior season. "My rehab was awesome. I didn't think I was coming back that quick, but it made me better and allowed me to think more of hockey.
[...] Deslauriers and his teammates are no doubt well-aware winning three times in another team's building in one series is extremely difficult, but they looked like the more confident team on Sunday. If Gatineau makes the President's Cup final, Deslauriers will have come full circle. He was a rookie with Rouyn-Noranda in 2008 when it lost to the Olympiques. [...]