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11-20-2012, 05:26 PM
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For Desharnais to cement his spot, he needs to improve drastically. He might or he might not, it's difficult to project because he's such an unusual player.

However, in order to justify having the entire team structured around him, having 3 minutes a game of PP time, having disproportionate offensive zone starts, having easier opposition, having the two biggest and most effective wingers on the team be on his line, i.e. being given the same privileges as Henrik Sedin and Evgeni Malkin, the expectation should be 80-90 points at a minimum.

If he can become that 85 point player, then it will be worthwhile to structure the entire team around his needs. However, if he remains a 60 point player, then anything he produces from his privileged role will be more than counter-compensated by negative reverberations cascading through the rest of the lineup, such as the Staubitz-Plekanec-White line we saw last year, and we will finish in 28th place.

Can Desharnais step up? We will have to see.

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