They write that Desharnais was "maligned" in Montreal because of his size and inconsistency but he found "new life" with the Oilers after being traded their last season and playing a bottom six role.
They added, "the industrious vet never quits which is an admirable attitude."
Over the past four-years, Sports Forecaster has said the following about Desharnais:
2016-17: He was taken off of Pacioretty's line and his numbers tumbled last season. Pushed further down the lineup, Desharnais struggled to create offense and saw his point total decrease by 19. His month-long absence due to a broken foot also contributed to his decline. At this point Desharnais may no longer have much of a role to play." (Scoring projection: 14 goals, 29 assists | Actual: )
2015-16: He's doing something right when his linemate is scoring 37 goals. Desharnais has undeniable chemistry with Max Pacioretty on a scoring line. His totals were underwhelming for a playmaking center but he maintained a consistent scoring pace for the fourth straight season. This may be as good as it gets." (Scoring projection: 12 goals, 36 assists)
2014-15: "When the Mayor of Montreal calls you out, it's a big deal. That's what happened to Desharnais last season during his early slump. He straightened up and went on to produce respectable numbers. Two things are crucial for Desharnais: distributing to Max Pacioretty and being a lynchpin on the PP." (Scoring projection: 14 goals, 33 assists)
2013-14: "Did Cinderella temporarily misplace the glass slipper or has the clock struck midnight for Desharnais? It was going to be hard to follow up his 60-point breakout season of 11-12 but more was still expected of the diminutive, yet productive pivot. Can he bounce back? He needs a fast start in 13-14 because the Habs have options." (Scoring projection: 13 goals, 24 assists)
Adam Rotter: Desharnais should have nowhere near the expectations he had in Montreal with the Rangers. He won't be on a scoring line with the team's best forward and he is on a very low risk one-year deal worth $1 million. If things don't work out with Desharnais the Rangers can move on without much of an issue. He's a hard working, veteran center who has enough skill that he could probably get close to 40 points, especially if he is on the third line and someone like Pavel Buchnevich and/or JT Miller are with him.