Are we sure David Desharnais isn’t Erik Christensen in disguise?

December 23, 2017, by

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When the Rangers signed David Desharnais this summer, it was viewed as a deal for a bottom-six center who could fake it in the top-six if needed. He is certainly talented, but hasn’t been consistent enough to warrant any serious consideration as a top-six center. Given his last few years in the league, it isn’t an unfair analysis.

Fast forward to this year, and we have a completely different Desharnais. He 100% deserves to be in the lineup, he’s been playing very well. He’s been used by Alain Vigneault in basically every lineup spot too. First line center? Check. Second line center? Check. Third line center? Check. Fourth line center? Check. Healthy scratch? Check.

The funny thing is there is no consensus about where he should play among the fans either. Some say top line center. Some say healthy scratch. Some say everywhere else. It’s truly amazing, and it brings me to just one conclusion.

David Desharnais is Erik Christensen. Hear me out.

Christensen was used everywhere by John Tortorella. From top line center to healthy scratch. He was used as a shootout specialist, except on days when for some reason he wasn’t the first to go. Sound familiar?

Not convinced yet? Ok, let’s put them side by side.

There is a striking resemblance here. Sure, Desharnais has a more grizzled look, but are were sure that it’s not just an older Christensen? The ears look to be pinned back a bit, face is a little fuller. Easily done by gaining weight and a minor procedure.

Plus the production on the ice is alarmingly similar. Some creativity. Some nice passes and quality assists. A few goals here and there.

Erik, you aren’t fooling me or anyone else. Just admit that you changed your appearance to get back in the NHL. It’s ok. You’re playing well. As long as you continue to do that, I will look the other way.


  1. Richter1994 says:

    If Christensen wasn’t so afraid of physical contact, he could have been an excellent player in the NHL. Excellent talent and skills.

    I don’t know if Desharnais has those skills, probably not, but point well taken.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      No, Desharnais is simply a far far better hockey player than Christensen. It’s a poor comparison here.

      • Richter1994 says:

        That’s not what I said. I said that Christensen had more talent, I didn’t say he was a better player.

        But if Erik reached his potential then there would have been no comparison, Erik would have blown David away.

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          Richter—I meant that the article itself was based on a poor comparison, not your comment. Didn’t mean to come off like it was your point I disagreed with.

          • Richter1994 says:

            oh, lol, but you can disagree with me. 🙂

            I do agree that DD is a better player because he gets the most out of himself. EC did not. By far.

      • Dave says:

        It’s a joke. Lighten up.

  2. Stevem says:

    This was my first read and laugh of the day. Nice one Dave!! But what about the half a foot height difference?

  3. Jerry says:

    Good job Dave!

  4. Leetchie Nut says:

    DD is WAY more talented…

  5. Mancunian Candidate says:

    Erik Christensen couldn’t carry Desharnais’ hockey gear bag. The heart alone in the 5’7” Desharnais exceeds anything Christensen ever showed in the NHL. Desharnais once hit the 60-point mark in the NHL and broke 50 one other time; Christensen’s career high in points was 33. Please don’t besmirch Desharnais’ reputation or character by comparing him to the gutless floater that was Erik Christensen.

    • Richter1994 says:

      That is the difference between the players and actually Erik and many other players.

      But Erik’s talent and skill could not be disputed. That alone does not make him a good hockey player. And it didn’t.

      Torts despised him because he was so talented yet gutless.