When the Oilers acquired David Desharnais at the trade deadline this past year, Peter Chiarelli said that Desharnais is an undersized player but strong on the puck and competitive. (Sportsnet)
Chiarelli noted that he had seen Desharnais a lot when he worked for Ottawa and Boston and said that he's a smart, experienced player who makes smart decisions without the puck. (Oilers)
Desharnais played in 18 games for the Oilers, scoring 2 goals, 2 assists, a minus one rating, 16 shots on goal, 24 shot attempts, 54.3% on faceoffs and an average of 11:21 per game.
He played in 13 playoff games for the Oilers, scoring once, adding three assists, 6 shots on goal, 47.4% on faceoffs and 9:32 per game.
Desharnais' big moment with the Oilers came in Game 5 against San Jose when he scored the game winning goal in overtime.
Desharnais said that his focus as in that moment was that "everybody can be a hero and you just take on shot...you need to think that way."
Oilers coach Todd McLellan said after that game that Desharnais had started to play better after accepting what his role on the team was.
Defenseman Oscar Klefbom said that Desharnais puts himself into the right place "all the time" and said that he has been "very valuable" for us."
Adam Rotter: He went to Edmonton to play a depth role and it's probably the same kind of role that the Rangers envision he can play. At times in Montreal he was looked at to be one of the top scorers, playing with Max Pacioretty, but with the Rangers he will likely play on the third line and have some good/skilled wingers to play with. The other thing with Desharnais is that he is extremely low risk on just a one-year deal worth $1 million. He's a veteran and could also end up being a 13th forward option if some other Ranger players step up and take the role he might start the season with.