David Desharnais will make his Edmonton Oilers debut Saturday night when they open up an eight-game homestand against the Detroit Red Wings.
“Pretty good. Lot of speed. Lot of talent,” Desharnais says of his new team. “That’s what I see in practice, too. Quick pace. A lot of big guys. Physical. It’s a great fit for me.”
Desharnais was acquired by the Oilers from Montreal on Tuesday in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
“We’ll let him play,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “We’d like to get him some good quality minutes so that he can establish himself with out team, and we can get a measuring stick for where he’s at.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Caggiula – Desharnais – Kassian
Hendricks – Letestu – Khaira
Sekera – Benning
Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Gryba
The Oilers and Wings are 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6:30pm. The game starts at 8pm. (jrw)