David Desharnais’ fantasy stock has plummeted as quickly as it first soared. With just one assist in 10 games and a minus-2 rating heading into Saturday’s game, the little centreman is being de-activated or dropped outright in many fantasy leagues.
The reasons are many. The emergence of Lars Eller has pushed him out of a top-six role. Where he was a playmaking fixture last season with digger Brendan Gallagher and finisher Max Pacioretty, this season Desharnais is a third-liner with Rene Bourque and Travis Moen, useful forwards, but not for fantasy purposes. He has also seen his power-play ice time cut by nearly a full minute -- a shame because that’s where he is best. Boucherscouting.com last year rated him the most effective Canadien with the puck on his stick.
Desharnais reminds us of Dan Daoust, another smallish centre who starred briefly for the Maple Leafs in the 1980s. The one-time Hab was also fearless for his size, regularly hurling himself into the