Forensics: David Desharnais

Tom Collins

2013-11-22

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Why has Desharnais been such a disappointment?

David Desharnais shocked the hockey world on Tuesday night when he registered two assists. Not just because he picked up those points, but because it was the first time in 31 games, including playoffs, that Desharnais had a multi-point game.

 

Desharnais has fallen from grace recently faster than any player not named Dany Heatley. The undrafted centre is only two seasons removed from a 60-point campaign, but is on pace for just 12 points this year. And those two points on Tuesday night helped immensely in boosting his projected points this year.

 

What are the reasons for the quick fall of the Montreal Canadiens centre? It's important when looking at Desharnais and what people expected of him that we look at the last three seasons to get a full understanding of what has happened.

 

Let's start by looking at his most frequent linemates this year.

 

2013-14 season

 

Frequency

Strength

Line Combination

11.61%

EV

17 BOURQUE,RENE – 51 DESHARNAIS,DAVID – 32 MOEN,TRAVIS

11.61%