|Assets:||Skates well and possesses a lot of offensive creativity--likes to control the puck, and keeps his feet moving at all times. Crafty, he works very hard at improving his overall game. Is not scared of going into heavy traffic areas, despite his smallish stature.|
|Flaws:||Is not big and lacks strength, which causes problems when battling for pucks against bigger NHL opponents. Needs to improve his face-off prowess, as well as continue to work on his play down low in the defensive zone (and without the puck in general).|
|Career Potential:||Diminutive but skilled and productive center.|
|ECHL||Most Valuable Player||2007-08|
|ECHL||Rookie of the Year||2007-08|
|Canadian Major Junior||Sportsmanlike Player of the Year||2006-07|
|ECHL||First All-Star Team||2007-08|
|QMJHL||Frank J. Selke Trophy||2006-07, 2004-05|
|QMJHL||Second All-Star Team||2004-05|
|1/16/2014||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|3/15/2013||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a four-year contract extension.|
|11/02/2012||Signed with Fribourg-Gotteron (Switzerland).|
|3/12/2012||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|3/10/2012||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|6/20/2011||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|4/27/2011||Missed the last 2 playoff games (sprained left knee).|
|4/26/2011||Sprained left knee, day-to-day.|
|12/31/2010||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|12/12/2010||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|12/11/2010||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/27/2010||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|7/15/2010||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|2/14/2010||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|2/05/2010||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|11/26/2009||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|11/25/2009||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/21/2009||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|11/05/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year two-way contract.|
|9/29/2008||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/18/2008||Invited to training camp by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|10/03/2007||Re-assigned to Cincinnati (ECHL).|
|9/24/2007||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/12/2007||Invited by the Montreal Canadiens to training camp.|
|3/31/2007||Signed by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) to an amateur tryout contract.|
|11/05/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens.|
Montreal center David Desharnais netted the overtime winner on Tuesday night. | 02/10/2015 10:15 PM
NewsMontreal center David Desharnais netted the overtime winner on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe also has two shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night. Desharnais now has nine goals and 32 points through 53 games this season.
Montreal center David Desharnais recorded two points during Tuesday's loss to the Sabres. | 02/03/2015 10:14 PM
NewsMontreal center David Desharnais recorded two points during Tuesday's loss to the Sabres.
ImpactHe had a goal and an assist, along with two shots and a plus-two rating. Desharnais now has eight goals and 27 points through 50 games this season.
Montreal center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner against Detroit. | 10/21/2014 10:18 PM
NewsMontreal center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner against Detroit.
ImpactIt was his first goal of the season, and he now has four points overall. There are better options than Desharnais from a fantasy perspecyive, but it is nice to see him score the OT winner.
Montreal center David Desharnais will open the season centering the Canadiens top line. | 09/24/2014 4:42 PM
NewsMontreal center David Desharnais will open the season centering the Canadiens top line.
ImpactHe had a solid season last year, with 52 points and a +11 rating. However, he will need to improve those numbers if he wants to be a relevant fantasy center.
Desharnais credits SO goal for his turnaround | 06/12/2014 6:50 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais felt his season turned around after he got a shootout goal on Nov. 15 against Columbus.
Impact"Even if it was a shootout goal, everything clicked after I scored in Columbus," said Desharnais. "I took advantage of the chance I got and I gained a lot of confidence from that play. That's when I felt I got going again." After a slow start he accounted for 51 points in the last 60 games of the regular season. He also credited his teammates for his ability to bounce back. "For sure it would have been harder to get out of it without the help of my teammates," he stated. "Just knowing that they have faith in you gave me hope even when times were rough. Max [Pacioretty] helped me a lot and so did Daniel [Briere]."
David Desharnais finds back of net Tuesday | 05/28/2014 9:39 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais scored a goal in a 7-4 win against the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
ImpactDesharnais also recorded two assists in Game 4 on Sunday. With the Canadiens' one loss away from elimination in the Eastern Conference Final, they need all the help they can get. Desharnais has been quiet for the most part in the playoffs, but they have to hope this is the beginning of a hot streak for him.
Two assists for David Desharnais in Habs loss | 05/25/2014 11:33 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais collected assists on both of the Montreal Canadiens' goals in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final series in New York Sunday night.
ImpactThey were his fifth and sixth assists of the post-season and they led to goals by defensemen Francis Bouillon (his second of the playoffs) and P.K. Subban (fifth). The series now returns to Montreal with the Canadiens trailing in games, 3-1.
David Desharnais laments missed chances | 05/11/2014 9:55 PM
NewsThe Canadiens have not scored an even-strength goal on Boston netminder Tuukka Rask since 13:52 of the second period of Game 3.
Impact"We're playing against a very good team; if you look at the stats it's one of the best teams at 5-on-5," Montreal center David Desharnais said. "It's tough, but we have to find a way. If we get some power plays we need to take advantage of that and create some momentum to score 5-on-5." Excluding an empty-net goal scored in Game 3, Montreal has scored six goals at even strength in the five games. Three of those have been scored by forwards, none by Desharnais, Max Pacioretty or Thomas Vanek.
David Desharnais, Habs' top line struggling | 05/09/2014 7:47 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais has one goal and two assists in eight 2014 playoff contests.
ImpactMontreal's top line, consisting of Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek, combined for just two shots in Thursday's 1-0 overtime loss to Boston. "You want a little more from your top line, but I thought they played better as the game went on," coach Michel Therrien said.
David Desharnais scores in Habs' Game 2 win | 04/18/2014 9:41 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais tipped home his first goal of the playoffs, one-timing a P.K. Subban slap pass on the power play during a 4-1 Habs win over Tampa on Friday night.
ImpactDesharnais helped Montreal take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as a result of Friday's victory. The 27 year-old also came out as a +1 during the game with two penalty minutes in 15:31 of ice time.
David Desharnais has been racking up assists | 03/28/2014 8:39 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais generated a goal and an assist in Thursday's win against Detroit.
ImpactThe diminutive center is currently playing between Montreal's two top-talented wingers in Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty. Desharnais has amassed 15 points, including 12 assists, in 16 games following the Olympic break.
David Desharnais picks up an assist Sunday | 03/17/2014 9:33 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais is on a three-game point streak.
ImpactDesharnais had an assist in Montreal's 2-0 win over Buffalo on Sunday. He now has 13 goals and 41 points in 66 games this season.
Down 3 in 3rd, Habs storm back to stun Sens | 03/15/2014 10:25 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais scored and assisted in the Canadiens' wild 5-4, come-from-behind overtime victory against the Senators on Saturday night.
ImpactDesharnais' goal came as the clock expired in regulation to send the game to overtime; the clock showed 0.3 seconds remaining when it crossed the line. Credit the Canadiens for not giving up when they were down 4-1 5:08 into the third period. Brian Gionta and Lars Eller each also registered a goal and an assist. Daniel Briere potted a goal and P.K. Subban had three assists. Francis Boillon scored the winner in overtime, his first goal since March 10, 2013.
Desharnais scores lone goal in loss to Bruins | 03/13/2014 10:21 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais tallied Montreal's only goal in a 4-1 loss versus Boston on Wednesday.
ImpactHe snapped a seven-game goalless drought with his 12th marker of the season. Desharnais had five helpers during his goal skid. He currently has 38 points in 64 matches.
David Desharnais helps Habs defeat Pittsburgh | 02/28/2014 8:54 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais contributed a pair of assists and the shootout winner in Montreal's 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
ImpactDesharnais has emerged as a productive center, between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, after a difficult start to the season. If you are in need of points, mostly by way of assists, then Desharnais could be a solid option.
David Desharnais scores twice in Habs' win | 02/08/2014 8:50 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais potted two goals for the Canadiens in their 4-1 win over the Lightning on Saturday night.
ImpactWith 11 goals and 32 points, the forward is not really having a season worthy of fantasy consideration, though he does have five points over his last three games now. Brian Gionta and Ryan White, who also had a helper, scored the other goals. Brendan Gallagher picked up two assists.
Desharnais records empty net goal Tuesday | 02/05/2014 7:22 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais picked up an empty netter in Tuesday's win over Calgary.
ImpactHe put the Canadiens up 2-0 with just 11 seconds left in the third. Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban earned assists on the play to pad their stats as well. Desharnais has three goals and four assists in his past 10 contests.
David Desharnais worth a weekend pick up | 01/31/2014 7:22 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais appears to be a fine pickup for the weekend, as he's playing his best hockey of the season lately and the Habs play on both Saturday and Sunday.
ImpactAfter a miserable start (seven points in his first 25 games), Desharnais has picked up some of the slack with 20 points in his last 26. The 27 year-old is owned in just 10% of Yahoo leagues and has two goals and six points in his past seven games.
David Desharnais (flu) is game-time decision | 01/22/2014 2:09 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais will be a game-time decision on Wednesday because he has the flu.
ImpactDesharnais missed Wednesday's practice due to the illness. He has eight goals and 24 points in 46 games in 2013-14.
| 01/17/2014 1:44 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais returned to action on Thursday January 16.
David Desharnais doesn't practice Wednesday | 01/15/2014 1:36 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais (flu) missed Wednesday's practice.
ImpactDesharnais was a last minute scratch on Tuesday due to the illness. He should also be considered questionable for Thursday's game.
David Desharnais (flu) sat out Tuesday's game | 01/15/2014 7:52 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais was a late scratch on Tuesday because flu-like symptoms.
ImpactLars Eller skated in his place on a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher against New Jersey. Montreal dressed seven defensemen in the contest. Consider Desharnais day-to-day for now.
David Desharnais scores in win over Panthers | 01/06/2014 10:29 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais scored his sixth goal of the season in Monday's 2-1 win over the Panthers.
ImpactDesharnais appears to have overcome his early-season struggles as he has recorded 14 points in 17 games since the start of December. Brian Gionta also contributed his seventh tally of the season in the win.
David Desharnais collects three assists | 12/31/2013 10:31 PM
NewsThe Montreal Canadiens lost 5-4 (OT) to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, but David Desharnais was a big contributor.
ImpactDesharnais has really turned things around lately. After scoring only one point in 13 October games, the Habs forward scored six points in 12 November contests and 11 points in 14 games this month. Perhaps he'll keep this momentum going in 2014?
David Desharnais earns 2 PP assists Tuesday | 12/18/2013 7:57 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais recorded a pair of assists to help Montreal earn a 3-1 win against Phoenix on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe picked up both of his helpers on the power play. Desharnais has slowed down from his hot stretch, but he does have three assists in his last three games.
Desharnais clicking with Max Pac in MTL | 12/06/2013 6:11 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais and Max Pacioretty have been absolutely buzzing during the last nine contests.
ImpactThe duo has combined for 19 points along with 55 shots on goal during this hot streak. Desharnais was off to an atrocious start with just one point in his first 19 contests, but has completely turned the corner while posting a point-per-game pace in the last nine. There's a couple of factors to be wary about. Both of his ice-time average of 16:47 and shots on goal (11 in nine) are a bit low in terms of justifying a continued point production pace, so do expect a regression as the season progresses. For the time being if you're looking for a "hot hand" to ride, then Desharnais could certainly be a great candidate.
David Desharnais continues hot streak | 12/03/2013 7:39 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais collected two helpers on Monday.
ImpactHe has bounced back from a rough start with two goals and eight points in his last seven outings. Desharnais deserves to be picked up now during his hot streak.
David Desharnais earns 2 points vs. Buffalo | 11/28/2013 10:11 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais notched a goal and an assist in Montreal's 3-1 win over Buffalo.
ImpactHis power-play goal Wednesday held up as the game winner and his assist came on a Habs' man advantage as well. After a very slow start, Desharnais has started producing. He has two goals and five points in his last four games.
Desharnais gets rolling with first goal | 11/22/2013 10:02 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais scored his first goal of the season in Montreal's 3-2 win against Washington Friday night, making it three points in two games for the struggling Hab.
ImpactBrushing off criticism from seemingly everyone including Montreal's mayor, the 27 year-old now looks for consistency as he strives to return to the form that scored him 60 points in 2011-12.
David Desharnais clicks with Pacioretty again | 11/20/2013 7:17 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais contributed two assists in Montreal's 6-2 win against Minnesota.
ImpactHe assisted on two of Max Pacioretty's three goals in the contest. The two of them had plenty of chemistry during the 2011-12 campaign and they recaptured some of that magic on Tuesday. Desharnais had one helper in 19 games heading into the Canadiens' win over the Wild.
Habs mix up lines at practice Monday | 11/18/2013 4:39 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais centered Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher at Monday's practice.
ImpactTomas Plekanec was flanked by Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta, while Lars Eller played with Alex Galchenyuk and Brandon Prust. Daniel Briere in the middle of Michael Bournival and Travis Moen rounded out the Canadiens' revamped combinations ahead of Tuesday's game versus Minnesota.
Desharnais finally does something right | 11/16/2013 10:57 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais finally contributed something positive to the Canadiens' cause.
ImpactHe scored the shootout winner in the Habs' 3-2 victory over Columbus Friday night. Desharnais has been downright awful this season and has been criticized by almost everyone in Montreal including the mayor. He was also a healthy scratch Tuesday night. Desharnais started Friday's game centering the fourth unit but was moved up to the third line during the contest. Maybe, just maybe this positive game will jump start his season. Watch how he performs Saturday against the Rangers.
David Desharnais was scratched again Tuesday | 11/14/2013 10:01 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais was a healthy scratch for the second time this year on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe has produced one assist and 17 shots in 17 games this campaign. Desharnais was pulled from the lineup against Tampa Bay to make room for Daniel Briere's return from injury. Briere also lined up as a center, which could complicate where Desharnais fits into the lineup when he suits up again.
Montreal mayor angers many with tweet | 11/11/2013 7:23 PM
NewsThe newly-elected mayor of Montreal has angered a number of Canadiens players and coaches with his recent comments about Habs forward David Desharnais.
ImpactThe much-maligned center has struggled this season, but new mayor Denis Coderre fanned the flames by tweeting critical remarks about the player last week, writing "Hello? Can we please get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please." A number of members of the Montreal organization were displeased and have uniformly stood by their teammate. Perhaps this will light a fire beneath the scuffling forward and send him on a hot streak. Stranger things have happened.
David Desharnais will return Thursday night | 11/07/2013 9:10 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais will suit up Thursday night after being a healthy scratch on Tueday.
Impact"We wanted him to take a step back and we didn't want to wait too long to bring him back in the lineup," coach Michel Therrien said Wednesday after practice. Desharnais has produced just one assist in 15 games this season.
Desharnais skates with Bourque, Pacioretty | 11/06/2013 12:47 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais practiced with Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty on Wednesday.
ImpactDesharnais was a healthy scratch on Tuesday, but it looks like he'll play on Thursday against Ottawa. He's struggled this season with just one point in 15 games.
Desharnais will be a healthy scratch Tuesday | 11/05/2013 1:43 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais will be kept out of the lineup on Tuesday.
ImpactDesharnais has no goals and just one assist in 15 games after inking a four-year, $14 million contract in March. He'll probably end up spending only one game in the press box.
David Desharnais skates on fourth line | 11/05/2013 7:21 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais skated on the wing of Montreal's fourth line during Monday's practice.
Impact"He just wants me to compete a little bit more," Desharnais said referring to coach Michel Therrien's expectations. "I'm not producing the way I would like to, and just chip in and help the team win." He has one assist in 15 games this season to go with 17 shots. He currently has no fantasy value and is better off on the waiver wire.
Desharnais benched for 3rd period Saturday | 11/03/2013 10:26 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais was benched for most of Saturday night's third period.
ImpactIt's going from bad to worse for Desharnais as he was down to 14:20 of ice time against the Avalanche. Habs' coach Michel Therrien shuffled his lines in the third period in an attempt to wake up his team and Desharnais was not included in the new alignment that featured Alex Galchenyuk moving to center. Therrien didn't mince words when assessing Desharnais' game. "What Desharnais gives us since the beginning of season is not enough. He puts us in a position where we have to make a decision", said Therrein. We have commented on Desharnais' fall from grace before. Perhaps it is truly time to drop him.
Desharnais' fantasy stock plummetting | 10/26/2013 10:35 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais has seen his fantasy stock plummet since the begining of the sesason.
ImpactThe diminutive pivot has registered only one point in 10 games and is firmly entrenched as the Habs' third line center behind Tomas Plekanec and the emerging Lars Eller. It may be time to drop Desharnais if there are reasonable alternatives on your waiver wire.
David Desharnais produces first point Tuesday | 10/16/2013 9:58 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais earned an assist in Tuesday's win over Winnipeg for his first point in his sixth game of the season.
ImpactHe also had a plus-2 rating and won 55.56 percent of his faceoffs during his 15:28 of ice time. Desharnais struggled throughout the lockout-shortened season and he hasn't begun the 2013-14 campaign on the right foot either. He shouldn't be on your radar at this time.
Desharnais Habs' best forward in 6-0 win | 09/21/2013 10:45 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais was outstanding in the Habs' 6-0 win over the Hurricanes Friday night.
ImpactHe scored a goal and registered an assist in the contest and was dangerous most of the night. Desharnais has much to prove after a disappointing 2012-13 season that saw him register only 26 points in 48 games after posting 60 in 81 the season before. We are encouraged by his showing so far.
David Desharnais disappointed this year | 05/14/2013 9:41 AM
NewsMontreal's front office expects a bounce-back season from David Desharnais.
ImpactGeneral manager Marc Bergevin locked the forward up to a four-year, $14 million deal prior to the season only to see him slip to 28 points after putting up 60 the year before. "He's still a young player and I expect him to rebound," the GM said.
Desharnais has no shots after three games | 05/06/2013 10:47 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais hasn't registered a shot on goal in Montreal's first-round series versus Ottawa after three games.
ImpactHe contributed an assist in Game 1 and owns a plus-2 rating, but his lack of shots is concerning. Desharnais was practically invisible in Game 3 Sunday night, with four hits and a 41 percent efficiency rating on faceoffs. Look for him to try to step up in Game 4 on Tuesday.
David Desharnais scores in win over Jets | 04/26/2013 12:52 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais scored a goal for the Canadiens in a 4-2 win over Winnipeg Thursday.
ImpactDesharnais has 10 goals on the season, but only 28 points in 47 contests. Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque also tallied for the Habs in the victory.
Desharnais, Emelin record two points in loss | 04/03/2013 10:24 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais and Alexei Emelin each enjoyed two-point nights, however the Canadiens ended up with a 5-3 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday.
ImpactDesharnais and Emelin both scored and assisted in the loss. It was Desharnais first goal in 11 games and Emelin's first points in the same amount of time. Brandon Prust registered the other marker, while also getting a fighting major. Jeff Halpern and Alex Galchenyuk had assists.
Habs ink David Desharnais to 4-year extension | 03/15/2013 9:17 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a four-year extension worth $14 million.
ImpactHe is currently playing in the final season of a two-year deal. Desharnais has tallied eight goals and 16 points in 27 games this campaign, but he hasn't matched the same consistency he displayed in 2011-12 when he broke out offensively with 16 goals and 60 points over 81 contests.
David Desharnais scores a pair in win over Bs | 03/03/2013 11:46 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais scored two goals for the Canadiens in a 4-3 win over the Bruins Sunday night.
ImpactDesharnais hasn't been keeping up the pace he set last season, but he looked excellent playing on a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher in this contest. Pacioretty also registered a goal and an assist in the win while Tomas Plekanec also found the back of the net.
Desharnais gets three goals over the weekend | 02/04/2013 11:16 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais netted a goal in Montreal's 2-1 win Monday.
ImpactDesharnais ended up with three goals in two games over the weekend. He's broken out of his early season slump and it wouldn't be surprising if this was the start of a hot streak. He should end up with over 30 points this season.
David Desharnais gets two goals in win | 02/03/2013 10:16 AM
NewsDavid Desharnais registered his first two goals of the season in Montreal's 6-1 win over Buffalo Saturday.
ImpactDesharnais broke out last season with 16 goals and 60 points in 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens but needs to step up this season. "I've got to be better, I want to be better," he said. "There's nobody else that's going to feel sorry for me so I've just got to be better and I was tonight. I just want to keep going." The diminutive forward had a lot of success playing between wingers Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole last season and is still getting a lot of time on the power play this year. Desharnais is worth a look in 14-team leagues, especially if your league rewards power play point.
David Desharnais posts 3 points in NLA win | 01/04/2013 6:19 PM
NewsDavid Desharnais registered three points, including two goals, in Fribourg-Gotteron's 4-2 win versus the Kloten Flyers.
ImpactHe doubled his Swiss League goal output in the contest to four on the year. The Montreal forward now has 14 points in 15 matches for his National League A squad.
|Goals||1||9 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Feb 10||2|
|Assists||3||vs. NJ||Feb 7||3|
|Points||3||vs. NJ||Feb 7||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Edm||Oct 27||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||12 times-last:at CBJ||last:Feb 26||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Dec 18||1|
|Power Play Points||1||8 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Feb 7||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||61 times-last:at CBJ||last:Feb 26||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||61 times-last:at CBJ||last:Feb 26||0|
|Shots||4||3 times-last:at Pit||last:Jan 3||4|
|Goals||16||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Mtl)|
|Penalty Minutes||26||2012-13 (Mtl)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2010-11 (Mtl)|
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