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Why Habs Fans Hate David Desharnais… But Shouldn’t!

Habs' David Desharnais

Habs fans have a few whipping boys on the team. Enemy #1 seems to be Michel Therrien and although I am a Therrien fan today, I will be concentrating on the guys who actually play the game and specifically everyone’s favourite player to hate: David Desharnais. Most of my blog will consist of one major theme. You can’t ask a player to be something that he is not. And in this case, it seems like everyone would like DD to be a bit faster, a bit stronger, score more and play less. Here are some of your complaints and more importantly why they are wrong.

1) “He is not a #1 center”

Let’s focus on this for a minute. Is he not a #1 or #2 center or is he not an “elite” #1 or #2 center? In his last two seasons, he has put up 52 and 48 points respectively. He was also a plus 11 and plus 22. Now while those are not elite numbers, those are pretty solid numbers. He was 40th in points for centers last year. This not elite, but let’s keep in mind that you do not get an elite center for $3.5 million per year. Double that and you will get someone in the top 10. In a league with 30 teams, simple math says you want your #1 center to be in the top 30 and your #2 center to be in the top 60. DD is definitely in this range and for the price tag, you are definitely getting value. Oh yeah and one more thing, our undisputed best forward Max Pacioretty likes him as his center.

2) “The coach plays him too much”

I will give you one tip about coaches at any level, and that is not exclusive to Michel Therrien whether you believe it or not. A coach will always give more ice time to a player he trusts than to a player who he doesn’t trust. As stated above DD was a plus 22 last season which simply boils down to when he is on the ice his team scores more goals then they allow. You can debate whether a defense-first system is what’s best for the team, but this is a coach issue not a DD issue. When he is sent on the ice, his team scores more than the other team does and last time I checked, that was the point to the game.

3) “He’s too small to play center”

OK Don Cherry, thanks for weighing in on the debate. Yes, in a perfect world, DD would be 6’3″ and 225 lbs but guess what, he is not and most skilled players in the NHL are not. These guys are very hard to come by and teams that get them tend to keep them because they are such a rare commodity. To say that someone who has put up an average of 50 pts in his last two seasons is not a very good NHL player is absurd. Just check out some of the contracts that were given out this summer to players with similar numbers and you will realize that DD gives an output very comparable if not better than the average player making his money.

Conclusion:

Now I am not expecting to change the DD haters because in their minds everything he does is wrong and he is responsible for everything that is questionable with the Habs. But, the facts are simple. You can’t ask a player to be something he is not and DD is giving you exactly what he is paid to give you. A solid center who puts up points and keeps the puck out of his own net. Sorry DD haters, but facts are facts.

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19 Comments

  1. Patrick Tallon

    July 10, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Any “top 6” should be able to net more than 3 goals in their playoff career. Dale Weise has more playoff goals than him.

  2. Wayne McCrae

    July 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Your right facts are facts and all facts point to the fact he is not a #1 centre and barely an average #2 in the league. Don;t hate DD and would love him as our 3rd centre. Switch him and Eller for a year and see what happens. P.S. what do you expect Patches to say, “I really dislike this guy” ?

  3. Jay

    July 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    +22 lmao. The puck stays out of OUR net when he’s on the ice, but it’s not thanks to him. Do you WATCH the games, or just look at numbers?

  4. Danny

    July 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I am sorry but DD is not as talented as everyone is making him out to be. He is always the last one back on defense and only knows how to pass the puck even in situations when he should be shooting the puck. He should be on the third line.

  5. Jay

    July 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Only passes to Patches. I don’t know why they even bother throwing a right wing out there with them lol

  6. Danny

    July 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Maybe when OT goes to 3 on 3 Patched and DD can play alone with a D-Man? hahahaha

  7. Jay

    July 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That’s a GUARANTEE!

  8. Danny

    July 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I think ELLER is the first line center or even GALLY…..

  9. Jay

    July 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I would LOVE to see what Eller and Patch could do together. According to this guy, it’s quite clear Therrien doesn’t “trust” him. LOL Stupid coach.

  10. Danny

    July 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Oh yeah! Lets put your best faceoff guy on a third line and give him no offensive play…. That is pure genius right there. I wonder why Chicago doesn’t do that with Toews?? lol

  11. Jay

    July 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Pretty sure Dale Weise has more primary assists on Patches goals this year than DD. It’s a joke.

  12. Danny

    July 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Not a joke. Weise has talent unlike someone else… lol

  13. Jay

    July 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Fellow writer on this site has it right Scott. You should give it a read…
    http://rabidhabs.com/somethings-got-give-habs-offseason

  14. elgolfeux

    July 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Main problem with him is his performances in the playoffs. Still, he might surprise us in a future playoff series.

    Price versus performance ratio, he is excellent, during the regular season that is.

  15. Patrick

    July 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    He’s not getting any better. He has three career playoff goals, one of which was an empty netter. Any “top six” should be able to have more than 3 PO goals, especially when playing alongside Pacioretty

  16. layvack

    July 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    DD would be a #1 center, only if he would start the season at the same time as the other players. In the last two season, he seemed to start in December. I’m pretty shure if you divide DD’s season in two, the first half would look like a forth line center, but his second half like a good first line center. Does he need to change his summer training or try not to overfeed Max?

    +22 for DD and +38 for MaxPac is not bad, specially if you look at Crosby’s +5 and Malkin’s -2, and nobody would doudt if they’re top line players.

  17. Scott

    July 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the replies everyone. While i will agree to disagree with most of you the difference in opinions is why i love being a Habs fan 🙂 Thanks again! !!

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