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David Desharnais | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 214
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David Desharnais may have had one of the more impressive showings this preseason but he is still destined to line up as a third-line center.
Desharnais leads the Habs in scoring with four points this preseason but he is centering the team's third line alongside Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise which will negatively impact his fantasy value going forward. Desharnais is no longer a top-six forward nor will he get first power-play ice time. Draft him based on his new reality not on a historic one. Oct 3 - 11:39 AM

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David Desharnais (lower body) was back with his teammates on Wednesday.

He lined up between Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise at practice. Desharnais missed a few practices with a lower-body injury, but appears to be OK now.
Sep 23 - 12:44 PM

David Desharnais won't practice Monday because of a lower-body injury.

Consider him day-to-day for now. Obviously, we don't know what is troubling the Canadiens forward, but it's not uncommon for players to have "lower-body" troubles during training camp.
Sep 21 - 11:31 AM

With his shift to wing from center, David Desharnais could be looking at third-line duty this season.

The Habs will likely deploy a first line comprised of Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. There is also a good chance that Michel Therrien will give Lars Eller a chance to play on the second line with Alexander Galchenyuk. That leaves one spot open for Desharnais, Alexander Semin and possibly Tomas Fleschmann. Certainly Desharnais' fantasy stock has fallen over the last two seasons. We would take a wait and see approach with him.
Sep 19 - 9:34 AM

David Desharnais might be moved to the wing this season.

He skated as a left winger last season when Alex Galchenyuk was placed at center and that's when he scored four of his 14 goals over a 12-game span. The Canadiens plan to give Galchenyuk more time at center this season, so Desharnais, Lars Eller or Torrey Mitchell may have to take on a different role.
Sep 11 - 10:12 AM

David Desharnais is now fully recovered from the flu and will dress for Game 3 Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.

Desharnais was unable to play Sunday night after coming down with the flu but will back on the ice for Game 3. The 28-year-old has tallied two assists through seven postseason games in 2015 and was playing center between Alex Galchenyuk and Dale Weise during the team’s morning skate Wednesday. Brian Flynn will be taken out of the lineup to make room for Desharnais in Game 3.
May 6 - 5:11 PM

As expected, David Desharnais is ready to play in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

He missed Game 2 against the Lightning due to an illness, but he was back on the ice on for the team's morning skate and is feeling much better. Desharnais is officially being listed as a game-time decision.
May 6 - 12:23 PM

David Desharnais (flu) is expected to play on Wednesday.

That's despite the fact that Desharnais was so ill that he apparently needed to go to the hospital to get re-hydrated. He missed Sunday's game due to the disease. Brian Flynn was inserted into the lineup as a result and will probably be a healthy scratch again now that Desharnais is available.
May 5 - 5:25 PM

David Desharnais (flu) is traveling to Tampa Bay.

Desharnais didn't make the journey with his teammates, but he'll still arrive in time for Game 3 on Wednesday. It remains to be seen if he'll play though.
May 5 - 1:08 PM

David Desharnais isn't travel with the Canadiens to Tampa Bay due to the flu.

Desharnais was also a late scratch on Sunday because of the illness. While this isn't great news, it's important to emphasis that Montreal's next game against the Lightning is scheduled for Wednesday, so it's entirely possible that Desharnais will still meet up with the team before that contest. If he can't play though, Brian Flynn will probably stay in the lineup.
May 4 - 12:14 PM

David Desharnais (flu) will be a late scratch in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Brian Flynn will take Desharnais' spot in the lineup. The Canadiens dropped game one at home to Tampa Bay, and they will now be without one of their top three centers in game two.
May 3 - 5:38 PM

David Desharnais scored his 13th goal of the season during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Nashville.

Desharnais was the beneficiary of PA Parenteau and Max Pacioretty's hard work as Desharnais simply had to tap it in, giving the Canadiens a brief 2-1 lead. He now has 43 points in 74 games this season.
Mar 25 - 3:35 AM

The Canadiens have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's game against San Jose.

David Desharnais will center a line featuring Alex Galchenyuk and P.A. Parenteau, while Tomas Plekanec will move up and play between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallaghar. Plekanec gets a small fantasy boost here while Desharnais takes a corresponding hit.
Mar 21 - 11:37 AM

David Desharnais notched two assists and scored in the shootout, but it wasn't enough to lift the Habs as they fell 4-3 to Los Angeles on Thursday night.

He set up goals by Tom Gilbert and Max Pacioretty. Desharnais has been on a tear lately, with two goals and six points in his past five games. This season, the 28-year-old has 41 points in 65 games.
Mar 6 - 2:19 AM

David Desharnais scored twice in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Desharnais picked up two third-period goals, with one owing with the net empty. The 28-year-old hadn’t scored since Feb. 10, and he now has 11 goals and 38 points this season. Tomas Plekanec and Manny Malhotra also scored, his first of the season. Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty picked up two helpers.

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tomas Plekanec
2David Desharnais
3Brian Flynn
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Lars Eller
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Jacob De La Rose
5Christian Thomas
6Michael Bournival
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Alexander Semin
3Zack Kassian
4Dale Weise
5Devante Smith-Pelly
6Torrey Mitchell
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Jeff Petry
4Alexei Emelin
5Tom Gilbert
6Nathan Beaulieu
7Greg Pateryn
8Jarred Tinordi
G1Carey Price
2Dustin Tokarski