Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Thursday the signing of forward David Desharnais to a one-year, two-way deal. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Desharnais, 23, played in six games with the Canadiens in 2009-10. He registered one assist and had two shots on goal in his NHL debut on November 25 against the Penguins, in Pittsburgh. The Quebec City native led the Bulldogs in scoring last season with 78 points (27 goals, 51 assists) in only 60 games. He also led the team with 11 power play goals, maintained a plus-30 differential, added 155 shots on goal and served 34 penalty minutes.
Desharnais has racked up 139 points (52 goals, 87 assists) in 148 career regular season games in the AHL with Hamilton (141 games) and Bridgeport (7 games).
In 2007-08, his first full pro season, Desharnais led the Cincinnati Cyclones to their first ECHL championship. The center led the ECHL in points (9-24-33) and assists (24). During the regular season, Desharnais registered a league-leading 106 points in 68 games (29 goals, 77 assists) while posting a plus-38 rating. Desharnais was named the ECHL Rookie of the Year and voted to the league’s All-Star Team in 2008.