The Good: 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 is a high-energy goalie that has had terrific success at both the QMJHL and AHL levels. He proved he has NHL upside back in January with Tampa Bay and makes a terrific starter for Lake Erie. He’s an aggressive goalie with very quick hands and has an outstanding work ethic. Desjardins moves well and displays a lot of energy. His ability to square up to pucks and maintain a straight upper body allows him to appear much bigger than his 6-foot-0, 192-pound frame. He has a flared out butterfly stance and holds his hands in a very effective manner – up high and in front of his body. He also holds them away from his sides, which adds to his “wide” appearance. Overall, he is a strong goaltender with upside.
The Bad: Desjardins will need to work on limiting and economizing his footwork and movements as time goes on. This will go a long way in making him even more durable at the highest possible level and help with areas such as rebound control and absorbing shots on deflected, re-directed and tipped shots. He will sometimes over-commit to covering the lower half of the net and gets beaten top shelf.
Awards and honours
|Memorial Cup Champion||2005–06|
|Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2005–06|
|Memorial Cup Hap Emms Memorial Trophy||2005–06|
|Kelly Cup Champion||2007–08|
|Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP||2007–08|
|Second All-Star Team||2009–10|
|Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award||2009–10|
|2010–11||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||2||2||0||0||120||2||0||1.00||.968||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|