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04-01-2013, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Partisan du CH View Post
Usually, in a normal fanbase, every player of every team gets unwarranted praise. It's normal. We are fans. We love our players and we often see them bigger than they really are. That DD finished 20th in points among centers in the NHL is still an exploit, considering he's not a top 20 center in this league. He deserves a lot of credit for that. In the last 15 years, only 3 other Habs centers finished in the top 20 (Plekanec, Koivu and Ribeiro, all very good players). So it's normal that it gets fans excited.

Unwarranted praise is normal. But unwarranted criticism? For stuggling, overpaid players, yes. David Desharnais, when we consider expectations and salary, is neither of these 2. He's just a player coming out of nowhere who, because of hard work, has built for himself an important role on our team. He did that despite the genetics working against him, despite the scouts not seeing anything in him, despite a portion of the fanbase not willing to give him a chance at all, etc.

How can a guy like that get any unwarranted criticism from its own fanbase??? This is something I'll never understand.
Desharnais is affected by the key reason Gionta gets no love and deemed expendable despite in the 3 seasons + 2 playoffs excluding 11/12 where he was hampered by injuries:
203 games
79 goals
131 points

This production over 82 games:
82 games
32 goals
53 points

The Habs/Smurf stereotype affects more people than they want to admit. Having 2 of the 7 smallest players (3 of the 13 smallest players) affects peoples opinion.

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