Cedrick Desjardins was a Rimouski Oceanic late round pick that blossomed into one of the most attractive goaltender in leading a team through playoffs. He started his junior career in 2002-03 with Coaticook from the QJAHL before joining Rimouski later that year. They finished last in the league hoping to draft phenomenon Sidney Crosby. He played 23 games, recording one win and 19 losses as a rookie. The following year didn’t prove to be a change as Desjardins backed up Guillaume Lavallée for most of the season. The New Brunswick native won only eight of 20 games played.
Things changed in 2003-04 with Desjardins getting the prime duties in net. In route to the second Oceanic Memorial Cup, he registered a 30-7-4 record with two shutouts and a 2.95 save percentage in 44 games, his best junior season in the Q. The London Knights were however too strong for Desjardins and Rimouski, who lost the Memorial Cup game.
Quebec Remparts General Manager Patrick Roy liked what he saw from Desjardins that year and acquired him in the off-season to help a team troubled with goaltending issue. This time, Desjardins was able to prove his doubters wrong winning his first Memorial Cup in a back-to-back trip to the CHL’s championship game. He finished the season with a record of 28-10-0 and five shutouts.
Desjardins signed a two-year deal in 2006 with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate.
2006-07: Desjardins played most of his hockey with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) this season, backstopping the team with a 24-19-1 record with a 2.54 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He also got his first look at the AHL this season, putting up decent numbers in two losses with Hamilton.
2007-08: The net-minder again saw action with Cinci (ECHL) and Hamilton (AHL). He went 16-4-2 with the Cyclones, claiming a 1.92 GAA and a .934 save percentage, while his team took the ECHL Kelly Cup title. Unfortunately, his numbers with the Bulldogs were not as good: 4-4-1 with a 3.04 GAA and .909 save percentage.
2008-09: Desjardins spent the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), where he posted a 16-12-0 record with a 2.55 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. His numbers improved over last season.
Desjardins is a strong butterfly goalie with quick reflexes. Still raw, he will need to develop his technique in order to start in the AHL. He has sound mentally and knows what it takes to win a tough and important game. He will not impress you but will make the saves nonetheless.
Desjardins looks to play the role of depth goaltender for the foreseeable future. However, he has NHL back-up potential and will be given plenty of opportunities to improve his overall play in the AHL.
Desjardins was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning by Montreal in February of 2013.