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Les Canadiennes season review: Kim Deschênes

The sophomore slump didn’t affect the Canadiennes 2014 1st round pick

Shanna Martin

You could see signs near the end of last season that Kim Deschênes was getting much better as she approached the end of her rookie season.

I don’t think anyone expected what ended up happening this year.

In fact, the only sophomore slump that Deschênes could be accused of going through was the five games she did not register a point. Yes, that’s right. Five of 24 games.

She started the year on the second line with Noémie Marin, with whom she had tons of success in the second half of last year. Then, in February, they swapped Deschênes and Caroline Ouellette.

At that point, Deschênes was in the middle of a seven game point streak where she had 11 points. She had points in the two games against Calgary immediately following the switch to move the streak to nine showing she had some instant chemistry with Ann-Sophie Bettez and Marie-Philip Poulin.

And, while you could say she rode the coattails of her talented linemates, plays like this make you realize that she was more than capable to play with them. She makes a zone entry, a good pass to create a scoring chance and drives to the net. At 5’10" she is taller than most goalies in the league.

She had 12 points in the eight games on the top line and two points in three playoff games including this beauty in the Clarkson Cup final.

She finished the year third in CWHL (and team) scoring with 13 goals and 20 assists. Last year she had eight goals and six assists.

She also scored the only goal for Les Canadiennes in the Women’s Outdoor Classic against the NWHL’s Boston Pride at Gillette Stadium, a game that ended a 1-1 tie. She also took part in the CWHL All-Star Game and scored a goal in that game as well.

Deschênes was +33 which put her 2nd in the CWHL behind only Bettez. Considering she only had two power play points (both assists), it’s a sign that the other team did not score much while she was on the ice.

While players like Caroline Ouellette and Marie-Philip Poulin get most of the attention, players like Deschênes, Bettez and others are the backbone of the Montreal organization.