Desharnais, a really good 2nd line center?
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05-17-2012, 03:31 PM
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Yea Im not trying to bash the guy, wish him a 90 point season next year knaw mean? But I think Patches and Cole will take him as far as he takes them, which is 60-70 points.
He's got a knack for getting the puck on his stick in between the circles tho, which is a good trait to have. Puck seems to want to find him sometimes.
If we can have 3 guys at 60-70 points, that's a damn good line right there by NHL standards. Get some production going out of Plek's and Eller's lines, and a PP that's not abysmal, and offense will be fine.
But I personally think that DD can manage above 70 points eventually if our PP gets going (and if Markov can get his game back that will be a big step forward). I think his type of play is perfect for the PP and he could get a lot of points there. He's really dangerous down low or behind the net when D-men can't just charge at him.
I don't think he'll ever be a dominant all-around player, I doubt his frame and speed will allow him to ever be more than 'ok' defensively and there will always be a risk of mismatch when he's matched up against big elite forwards, but I think that as a point producer the future is pretty bright for him, as long as you surround him well.
And I personally do not give a damn if he has to be 'sheltered'. If he puts points on the board and helps the team wins, as long as the other lines can do the job while he's sheltered who cares? The other 2 centers that we have right now in Plekanec and Eller should both be very good defensively, Plekanec can match up with any player in the league if all he's focused on doing is prevent them from scoring.
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