Normally, my back story post on a drafted prospect would come in July, but in all honesty information on Vincent Desharnais is not plentiful. When a new draft prospect has the online imprint of a man in witness protection, that is probably a tell. Still, we soldier on.
CURRENT PROSPECT RANKING
- No. 35 RD Vincent DeSharnais, Providence College (19, 1-1-2) (Hockey East). Destination 2016-17: Regular, Providence College. Steve Kournianos was on the Lowdown last week and gave me the impression Desharnais would have a tough time moving up the depth chart. Providence has a strong recruitment crop coming in, so we will see if this young man can increase playing time. This will be his sophomore campaign. Source
- Steve Kournianos (via the Lowdown): Very big, skates awkward but makes good first pass. Not physical, no way on the PP. Best thing he does is stand people up, use long stick to jar puck loose during board play. Doesn’t have Paigin’s shot/skill.
- There is video evidence.
- He is 6.06, 207 and an overage selection (turned 20 in May).
- He is righthanded, from Laval, PQ but played in the BCJHL for the Chilliwack Chiefs.
- NHLE is 82gp, 1-2-3, which is damned near impossible.
- Mathieu Boulay of Le Journal de Montreal wrote an excellent piece on Desharnais, recommended reading. The young man has faced some disappointment in his hockey career but countered with good decisions. Very well written article.
- Nicolas Landry of RDS wrote a similar article summer 2015. Also worthwhile.
Vincent Desharnais (EDM 7th 2016) 6'6 RHD, patient with the puck and could be a useful shutdown 5-6 D, #Oilers loved him when scouting Ellis
— Brayden Sullivan (@SullyDraftGeek) July 24, 2016
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
This is a late round selection we may never see at the pro level, but he is most certainly a Peter Chiarelli type player. Big strong, can get in lanes, interrupt progress and is a defense-first prospect. The right-handed giant can play NCAA for three more season before turning pro, which takes us close to the end of the decade before anyone has to make a decision.
Others in this series:
- Jesse Puljujarvi
- Tyler Benson
- Markus Niemelainen
- Matthew Cairns
- Filip Berglund
- Dylan Wells
- Graham McPhee
- Aapeli Rasanen
The complete list of prospects (in their ranking order) and projections for 2016-17 is available here.