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.