David Desharnais Discussion (Slow Start & Contact Talk)
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02-10-2013, 08:56 PM
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Someone on TSN radio did mention this...
-Desharnais even with his small statue isn't a fast skater (ie. Martin St. Louis, Brian Gionta, Derek Roy, Patrick Kane, Jeff Skinner) nor is he as skilled as (Daniel Briere, Michael Cammalleri, etc.) with the exception of Roy, all small players I've mentioned play wing.
-Desharnais rely heavily on bigger wingers like Max Pacorietty and Erik Cole to create him room. If either one of them do so, Desharnais cannot create room as he is undersized and not as strong as bigger defensemen in today's NHL.
-Desharnais made it to the NHL base on shear hard work but it can only take you so far.
-Desharnais doesn't have a center of gravity like Crosby or St. Louis so he's not strong on skates and upper body strength.
-Most of his goals come from break out rushes, he hardly get goals from cycling down below.
-If you notice he falls about 20 times every game as he isn't strong enough.
-He cannot win faceoffs and in today's NHL, if you are small and not the fastest skater, you need to have something special playing center like winning faceoffs.
-Brian Gionta told Brendan Gallagher that to make it this long in the league and being small, you gotta be the fastest player and always be one step ahead. Desharnais hasn't done any of that which is why Davy is floating around 10 games out of 11 this season.
-One reason you can blame Desharnais putting up points is Erik Cole and Max Pacorietty struggling to score this season. Cole is near retirement and he doesn't skate hard enough like last year.
-Its better to move Desharnais to the wing or trade him because he's NOT a 3rd-4th line checking center.
This. Reality check, unfortunately.
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