Cincinnati s Desharnais Named CCM Vector Rookie Of The Month
PRINCETON, N.J. – Cincinnati center David Desharnais is the CCM Vector ECHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Desharnais also won the award in November and February, making him the first three-time winner since the award began in 1997-98.
The Quebec City, Quebec native had 12 goals, 31 points and a plus-minus rating of +8 in 16 games in March, giving him 100 points (27g-73a) in 65 games this season. This was the first time a rookie has scored over 100 points in a season since 1996-97, when Dany Bousquet got 107 points (54g-53a) in 68 games with Birmingham.
Starting off the month on a 22-game point streak, the 21 year old extended his streak to 27 games (11g-38a), which is the fourth longest in league history. He ended his point streak in a 6-0 win against Wheeling on Mar. 12 where he scored a power-play goal, the game-winning power-play goal and added two assists to tie his season high four points.
Desharnais had a six-game goal streak (8g), which started on Feb. 29 where he scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Fresno. He then scored a power-play goal and added another goal for a 5-4 win against Reading on Mar. 7 while ending his streak with a two goals in a 6-0 win at Wheeling on Mar. 12.
The 5-foot-6 and 177-pound Desharnais began a six-game point streak (5g-9a) on Mar. 17 in a 3-2 win against Johnstown. On Mar. 19 he registered four assists in a 4-3 win against Johnstown, setting a season high for assists and again tying his season high for points. Desharnais scored the game-winning goal and added a power-play goal and two assists in a 6-2 win against Reading on Mar. 26.
Desharnais leads the ECHL with 74 assists, 38 power-play assists, and 102 points. He leads ECHL rookies and is second overall with a plus-minus rating of +35 in 66 games. He has also played in the American Hockey League where he has an assist and six penalty minutes in four games for Hamilton.
He made his professional debut in the American Hockey League last season when he signed with Bridgeport, registering two points (1g-1a) and four penalty minutes in seven games, after completing his career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Desharnais played four seasons in the QMJHL and had 374 points (126g-248a) and 127 penalty minutes in 262 regular season games and 43 points (12g-31a) and 22 penalty minutes in 48 playoff games for Chicoutimi.
Runners up: Benoit Doucet, Elmira (15 gp, 10g, 13a, 23 pts.), and Alexandre Imbeault, Johnstown (14 gp, 7g, 14a, 21 pts.).
Also Nominated Brett Hemingway (Alaska), Matt Christie (Augusta), Tom Pyatt (Charlotte), Matt Beaudoin (Dayton), Preston Callander (Florida), Kenny Bernard (Fresno), Tomas Pospisil (Gwinnett), Adam Hobson (Pensacola), Taylor Dakers (Phoenix), Charlie Kronschnabel (Reading), Travis Morin (South Carolina), Tom Zanoski (Stockton), Rob Sirianni (Utah), and Aaron Clarke (Wheeling).