Is Habs David Desharnais the second coming of Henri Richard?

It has all the makings of a legendary story for the ages. A player who is over-looked in the NHL draft, elected CHL Sportsmanlike Player of the Year in 2006 for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL the team in which he amassed 374 points in the 4 seasons he played for them (of which he was consistently a top 5 scorer in his last 3 seasons in the league as he Captained the Sagueneens). Then, as a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2007-2008 David Desharnais won the ECHL Rookie of the Year, Scoring Champion, and League MVP not to mention leading them to win the Kelly Cup Championship. On his next road trip to the Hamilton Bulldogs (the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate) David is 1st team all-star in the AHL in 2011, also the team scoring leader in 2009-2010 (where he sets a records for most number of points by a Bulldog player in the season) and is called up to the Montreal Canadiens in the midst of him leading the entire AHL in scoring (where heck he still leads the Bulldogs in scoring even though he’s played nearly a quarter of the season up in Montreal). A small player by today’s NHL standards David Desharnais at 5’7″ has the heart of a lion and the nifty playmaking capabilities that reminds one of a past Hab great namely Henri Richard (The Pocket Rocket). Anyone including myself who has followed his career right back from his Chicoutimi days knew he would make it in the NHL. On February 12th, 2011 after scoring a goal and an assist where the rookie won 12 of his 16 faceoffs and taking home the 1st star of the game in front of a packed Montreal home crowd against the Toronto Maple Leafs it became obvious that a new home-town star has risen for the Montreal Canadiens named David Desharnais.

12 of his 16 faceoffs

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