The Edmonton Oilers have acquired centre David Desharnais from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenceman Brandon Davidson.
Desharnais, 30, has played 31 games this season and has four goals and six assists. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He’s 47.8% in the face-off circle. He missed time with a knee injury and has been a healthy scratch at times.
“Probably not to my expectations,” Desharnais says of his season. “I’m a playmaker, that’s for sure. I’m pretty strong on the puck. I think I’m a pretty solid two-way player.”
Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli says Desharnais plays bigger than his 5’7″ frame would suggest. “I’ve seen him compete against us in Ottawa and when I was in Boston,” says Chiarelli. “Very strong two-way player. He’s strong on the puck. He makes plays.”
Desharnais’ NHL career started with the Habs in the 2009/10 season. He has 435 games under his belt. His best season was 60 points in 2011/12.
Davidson was drafted in the sixth round by the Oilers in 2010. He has 13 points in 91 games.
“I felt we were very deep on D,” explains Chiarelli. “We got two other d-men in the minors that can come up and give us depth.”
Desharnais will travel to Edmonton on Wednesday and should be on the ice with the Oilers for Thursday’s practice. (jrw)