David Desharnais Discussion (Slow Start & Contact Talk)
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02-17-2013, 10:41 AM
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Are you sure? I was talking my Dad about it (I started watching in 92-93) and he said in the 80's he was a used in PP situations and played with some of the best players on the Habs.
Scoring statistics seem to agree with that (only one season I believe he was outside of the Top-4 after his rookie season), but I'm not going to pretend to know since I didn't watch back then.
I watched him for his entire career and he spent almost his entire tenure here with Nilan, Gainey, McPhee, Keane, Brunet, Gilchrist and Corson for brief periods. He is probably best remembered as being the center between Nilan and Gainey and then later on having Mike Keane as a staple on his wing. There were periods when Bobby Smith got hurt and he saw some time with Richer and Corson but he was always a 2nd/3rd line center. With a healthy lineup he would very rarely get 1st pp unit ice time.
Stats don't tell the whole story as players like Stephane LeBeau were given offensive assignments ahead of him.
Carbo's main responsibility was to shut down the oppositions top line and kill penalties. Those were deep teams without much star power up front so the scoring was usually spread out very well. He had the talent to score well over a point per game but wasn't used in that capacity due to his absolute dominance in the defensive aspects of the game.
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