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David Desharnais | Center | #13

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 171
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David Desharnais scored the overtime goal as the Oilers completed the comeback to take Game 5 over San Jose 4-3 on Thursday night.
Desharnais picked up a perfect pass in the slot from Leon Draisaitl and deposited his first of the playoffs at 18:15 of overtime. It was his first goal since March 14th as he sent the Oilers fans home happy. Oscar Klefbom tied the game late in the third period to send it to the extra period. Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu scored the other Edmonton goals in the contest. Apr 21 - 2:18 AM

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David Desharnais will face his former Montreal Canadien teammates for the first time on Sunday.

Desharnais was traded at the deadline a mere 11 days ago. He scored his first as an Oiler Friday in his third game but had trouble in Montreal scoring only four goals in 31 games as well as chipping in with six assists. "It’s a different feeling playing against your ex team. You listen to Justin Schultz coming back here, Taylor Hall here, Adam Larsson going back to New Jersey ... I don’t know if Brandon (Davidson) will play but I’m sure it’ll be the same for him, too," said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. "In David’s case, when you’re a young man from Quebec and you grow up in that environment and you struggle just to get to the league, then you get to play for the Habs ... that’s pretty remarkable. Playing against them will probably magnify his emotions."
Mar 12 - 8:28 AM

David Desharnais scored his first goal as an Edmonton Oiler Friday.

The forward was dealt at the deadline from Montreal and this was his third game as an Oiler. Desharnais has only five goals and 12 points in 34 games but has a goal and a helper in his three games with Edmonton. We still can't recommend him but if he starts scoring more often, grab him.
Mar 11 - 8:02 AM

David Desharnais picked up an assist in his Edmonton debut Saturday.

Desharnais had only four goals and 10 points in 31 games for Montreal this season so the change of scenery has likely done him some good. He played on the third line with Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian, so his fantasy value will not take much of a jump at all.
Mar 5 - 7:12 AM

David Desharnais is poised to make his Edmonton debut on Saturday night against Detroit.

He is projected to center the third line. Desharnais has generated 10 points in 15 career games against the Red Wings.
Mar 4 - 11:20 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are hoping that newly acquired David Desharnais can bounce back.

Edmonton got Desharnais on Tuesday from Montreal in exchange for Brandon Davidson. Desharnais recorded 60 points in 2011-12 and 52 points in 2013-14, but these last two seasons have been rough for him and he has just four goals and 10 points in 31 contests this season. "I saw him for a lot of years playing us in Boston and he’s a good player," said Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. "This year hasn’t been as good for him, he hurt his knee early on and he’s been in and out of the lineup, but this is a veteran player who has playoff experience and he’s high in character. He’s a versatile player, he plays well above the puck, he’s smart, he competes. I know he’s small, but he’s strong, he has a low centre of gravity." For his part, Desharnais is excited to be with Edmonton, so we'll see what he can do with the fresh start.
Mar 2 - 8:32 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have traded David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers for Brandon Davidson.

Desharnais started playing for the Canadiens in 2009-10. He accumulated 79 goals and 171 points in 435 games. His best season came in 2011-12 when he scored 60 points in 81 contests. Desharnais is in the final year of his contract and he had fallen out of favor with Montreal. He had been a healthy scratch in seven of his last nine contests. He has four goals and six assists in 31 games. The Canadiens will be retaining 20 percent of Desharnais' salary.
Feb 28 - 8:40 PM

David Desharnais will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against Columbus.

Desharnais had been centering the fourth line for the last couple of games, but he'll be replaced by Michael McCarron tonight. Sven Andrighetto and Nikita Nesterov will also watch tonight's game from the press box.
Feb 28 - 7:20 PM

David Desharnais will return to action on Saturday against the Maple Leafs after sitting out the last six games as a healthy scratch.

"I'm pretty excited; it's pretty hard to be on the side and just to watch so hopefully I can make a difference here tonight," Desharnais said. Through 29 games he has 10 points along while seeing just over 13 minutes a game on average.
Feb 25 - 5:52 PM

David Desharnais may return to the Canadiens lineup on Saturday night.

He's been a healthy scratch in each of Montreal's last six games, but he found himself skating on the fourth line with Torrey Mitchell and Sven Andrighetto during Friday's practice. Even if he does play against the Leafs on Saturday, don't expect him to have any fantasy value.
Feb 25 - 11:36 AM

David Desharnais returned to the lineup on Sunday.

He played between Alex Galchenyuk and Paul Byron. Desharnais' return from a one-game absence made Brian Flynn a healthy scratch.
Feb 6 - 10:22 AM

David Desharnais will be scratched against the Capitals on Saturday.

Through 27 games this season the veteran pivot has posted four goals and 10 points along with little else to his credit.
Feb 4 - 12:40 PM

David Desharnais will return from a knee injury on Tuesday night.

He has been activated from injured reserve. Desharnais has been sidelined since Dec. 6. He has recorded just nine points in 25 games this season.
Jan 31 - 1:13 PM

David Desharnais (knee) could return to the Canadiens lineup on Tuesday.

Desharnais hasn't played a game since Dec. 6. He took part in his team's practice earlier today and skated on a line with a Sven Andrighetto and Andrew Shaw. Desharnais has three goals and six assists in 25 games this season.
Jan 30 - 8:40 PM

David Desharnais (knee) could be ready to return after the All-Star break.

He practiced with the team Wednesday and might return next Tuesday versus the Buffalo Sabres. Desharnais has been sidelined since Dec. 6 because of a knee injury.
Jan 27 - 8:57 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4David Desharnais
5Mark Letestu
LW1Milan Lucic
2Patrick Maroon
3Benoit Pouliot
4Matt Hendricks
5Anton Slepyshev
6Jujhar Khaira
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Ryan Strome
3Zack Kassian
4Tyler Pitlick
5Iiro Pakarinen
D1Andrej Sekera
2Oscar Klefbom
3Adam Larsson
4Kris Russell
5Darnell Nurse
6Matthew Benning
7Eric Gryba
8Joey LaLeggia
9Jordan Oesterle
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit
3Nick Ellis