Desharnais and Yandle win QMJHL player of the week awards

By pbadmin

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, January 16, 2006 (QMJHL) – Forward David Desharnais of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens and defenseman Keith Yandle of the Moncton Wildcats today were named offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from January 9th to 15th, 2006.

In three games, Desharnais tallied two goals and nine assists, while notching a +6 (plus/minus) differential as the Saguenéens offence scored twenty-four goals this week. At Victoriaville last Tuesday, the forward registered one goal and two helpers helping his team win 8-2. A few days later, in a 10-2 win over the Sea Dogs, Desharnais notched one goal and assisted on three others, while his teammates, Marek Zagrapan and Stanislav Lascek, each collected five points. Finally on Saturday, he notched four assists, all in the final period, as the Saguenéens came from behind to defeat the Océanic 6-4. With sixty assists since the start of the season, Desharnais is well on his way to surpassing his personal best sixty assist performance he established last year. Chicoutimi now holds the first spot in the QMJHL overall standings.

Alexandre Picard-Hooper (4-6-10) of Baie-Comeau, Mathieu Roy (5-2-7) of Acadie-Bathurst and Stanislav Lascek (3-6-9) of Chicoutimi were also considered.

The defensive player of the week award goes to Keith Yandle of the Moncton Wildcats. In two games, the defenseman registered four goals, including a game-winner, three assists and posted a +3 (plus/minus) differential. Following a four point performance against the Fog Devils in a 10-3 win on Friday, he collected a hat trick, scoring the overtime winner to beat the Drummondville Voltigeurs 3-2 the next night. It was his twentieth goal of the season, establishing a new Wildcats record for blue-liners – James Sanford had nineteen goals during the 2001-02 campaign. Yandle now leads all QMJHL defensemen with a +41 (+/-) differential. The Wildcats stand second in the overall standings, a single point behind Chicoutimi.

Other players considered for the defensive player of the week award were defensemen Mathieu Carle (1-7-8) of Acadie-Bathurst and Jean-Claude Sawyer (2-6-8) of Cape Breton as well as goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (2-0-0; 120 MP; 2.00 GAA; .943 SAV%) also of Cape Breton.

Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke