What to Expect from Alex Galchenyuk in 2013/14

Photo: Richard Wolowicz, Getty Images

Photo: Richard Wolowicz, Getty Images

When Alex Galchenyuk was drafted, there was a ton of pressure put on him from day one. Many fans were already proclaiming him to be the saviour of this legendary franchise. Even though “Chuckie” was coming off major reconstructive knee surgery, there was still reason to believe that this kid could make a major impact in the NHL someday. Chuckie did not disappoint. 9 goals and 27 points in 48 games for a rookie is pretty darn good. However, the stat that jumps off the page is his +14 rating. While the kid is clearly on a different planet when it comes to offensive skills, it was great to see that he also had the drive and the will to play good defensive hockey.

With one NHL season under his belt, Galchenyuk is looking to come back even stronger next season. At 6’2″ and 205 pounds, Chuckie will have an entire offseason to fill out his frame for the first time in two years. Add that to the fact that he will come in to a full training camp for the first time and the fact that he has some much needed experience at the pro level, there is much to expect out of Alex in 2013/14.

While Galchenyuk showed he could hold his own playing in the big leagues, next season could prove to be one of the more important ones of his career. I do believe in the sophomore slump, however, I believe Galchenyuk is too skilled to slump for an entire season. Add in the fact that he will likely be playing on a line with Lars Eller and either Brandon Prust or Brendan Gallagher, ┬áit’s hard to believe Chuckie won’t put up 50+ points. Also, considering he is no longer a rookie, Galchenyuk may actually get some ice time next year. If that’s the case, the kid is in for a huge season. Call me a dreamer or an optimist but I think that a line of Galchenyuk, Eller and Gallagher could have each player over 50 points. These guys are too skilled and they make up for what they lack in size with a never-quit attitude (Gallagher).

With Galchenyuk maturing into a young superstar, there is much to look forward to next year. This is just the beginning of a career that has tons of potential. Look for Galchenyuk to break out next season, he’ll be a huge reason the Habs finish at the top, or the bottom of the league.

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