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David Desharnais drafted into the NAHL today

There’s been less talk about David Desharnais in Montreal for a while now. The diminutive forward, who enjoyed a very successful career with the CH, headed to Europe after the 2017-18 season, where he spent a few seasons.

Earlier this year, however, it was time for the center forward to retire. And really, considering how far he’s come, he can be very proud of what he’s done.

Now, even though he seems to have hung up his skates, it would seem there’s still a sliver of hope of seeing him back on the ice, as today was the NAHL draft.

For those who don’t know, this is a semi-pro league of a lower calibre than the ECHL. That said, it’s a great opportunity to give some of the guys in Quebec a chance to play in a competitive environment.

And in this draft, Assurancia de Thetford Mines selected Desharnais with the 58th overall pick. He was a ninth-round pick.

Mathieu Perreault (fifth round) and Antoine Roussel (eighth round) were also drafted, and their rights now belong to the Trois-Rivières 3L.

That said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all three will play in the league. We often see guys drafted like this at the end of the draft in this league, in case they ever want to put on skates again.

For the three of them, it seems relatively unlikely that they’ll play there, but it’s still a nice gamble should one of them decide to join the league.

So it’ll be interesting to see if the guys join the league at some point, but in all three cases, the odds of them staying on in retirement look pretty good. That said, it doesn’t take much for the sting to return one fine morning for things to change…

In short

– I love it.

– Too bad.

– The question arises.

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