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04-12-2013, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Et le But View Post
I'm just saying that the Desharnais line does play overwhelmingly in the opposition zone and gets more chances than they give up - it seems that way watching them, and the corsi and fenwick numbers support that.

Of course they are helped significantly by how they use. DD gets something like 59% of starts in the o-zone, his wingers slightly more, and they are playing against mainly third line competition (though it's not like they are never on the ice against top 6). Even Scott Gomez was able to have favorable corsi when sheltered....

But Desharnais and his wingers haven't just possessed the puck but also produced. They are playing like a second line which is fine for how this team is constructed.

In the future, Galchenyuk might be a better option in that role than Desharnais. But right now Galchenyuk is still very young and is thriving in his current role. He has great chemistry with Eller.

Productive centers are not a luxury you rush to give away; Habs fans complain ad-nasuem about how we don't have tall PPG centers but our surplus of good centers is something other teams should envy. Notice how few offensive centers were moved on the trade deadline.

Desharnais is playing like a 2nd liner on even strength. He's not a 2-way player, but this team has a surplus of 2-way talent so that's really not a problem. The only thing to be concerned about right now is how useless he is on the PP.
Great post, as usual.

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