David Desharnais - Can he become an NHLer or is he too small?
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03-12-2008, 08:34 AM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Halifax, NS
I think the St. Louis comparisons might be a bit much - in the article - but if Martin St. Louis taught GMs nothing its not to dismiss great talent due to lack of height.
I think Montreal should get him back under contract next year and let him play it in Hamilton. At his size, he'll never get the benefit of the doubt, but he's proven he's no ECHLer. So let's see what he does after a year in the AHL. Keep in mind, the ECHL is where a lot of tiny guys go to thrive. It's not until the AHL that size starts to play a key role.
If he can show promise (50-60 points), then he earns another contract. If he can ever get to a point a game in the AHL, then he starts earning call ups.
Until then, he's a longshot at best, but I think definitely worth a spot on the 50 man contract list. Sometimes guys like this just excel at each level they get tossed into (Gionta, St. Louis) and once they fill out and get a bit older, become valuable assets.
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