Undrafted, Desjardins played his first season of professional hockey in the Central Hockey League with the Laredo Bucks. As a rookie, Andrew put up great numbers with 22 goals and 37 assists for 59 points in 64 games – good for third on the team. He also contributed 6 points in 11 playoff games for the Bucks that season. Laredo lost out in the Southern Conference final to the Arizona Sundogs. The Sundogs would go on to win the Ray Miron Presidents Cup as league playoff champion.
In 2008-09, after playing 5 games with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the East Coast Hockey League, Desjardins was picked up by the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. Andrew finished out the league with the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, playing 74 games and contributing 22 points. This past season, 2009-10, he appeared in 80 games with Worcester and his offensive numbers increased considerably with 19 goals, 27 assists and 46 points.
Andrew enters his third season with the Sharks in 2010-11. He is joined by fellow Ontario Hockey League grads Jonathan Cheechoo (Belleville Bulls) and Brandon Mashinter (Sarnia Sting, Kitchener Rangers, Belleville Bulls).
If you don’t believe minor pro hockey is a big deal in the United States, check out this video of Andrew Desjardins scoring in a shootout for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League vs. the Arizona Sundogs.