Regular Season Stats
Not many fans got excited when Andrew Desjardins was acquired from the San Jose Sharks for Ben Smith at the 2015 trade deadline, but he turned out to be a valuable forth liner during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win.
Stan Bowman rewarded Desjardins with a two-year contract during the summer of 2015. He continued to be an effective depth player during the 2015-16 season as he brought size, physicality and an occasional goal to the fourth line while contributing on the penalty kill as well.
Desjardins’ 2016-17 season literally got off on the wrong foot as suffered an injury during the final preseason game against the St. Louis Blues when he took a slap shot off his foot. The injury was a blessing in disguise because it allowed Ryan Hartman to make the opening roster and he went on to have great rookie season.
Desjardins never was able to get his season on track after returning to the lineup the second week of November. He was only able to post a single assist during the season, which did not come until February.
With the addition of Jordin Tootoo to the roster, Desjardins swapped trips to the press box for much of the season as both players essentially played the same role and skating them both on the same night was far from ideal.
Desjardins still finished season as an even possession player which was good considering he started only 40% of his 5 v 5 shifts in the offensive zone. He still played with an edge as he dished out a total of 73 hits. Despite only playing in 46 games he still had the fifth most hits on the team.
How would you rate Andrew Desjardins’ 2016-17 performance?