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Alex Galchenyuk | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/12/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 207
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Alex Galchenyuk potted the game-winning goal in Montreal's season opener against Toronto.
He pounced on a rebound to break a 1-1 tie at the 12:02 mark of the third period. Galchenyuk also won seven of his 10 faceoffs in the match. He has played center before in his career, but he is getting an opportunity this year to play the position in the NHL on a much more regular basis. Oct 8 - 8:23 AM

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Alex Galchenyuk has been centering a line with Lars Eller and Alexander Semin.

Eller is a natural center who has been shifted to left wing, while Alex Semin who the highly skilled player who the Canadiens brought in from the bargain bin. "(Semin) has so much skill on that right wing and it’s just fun to play with him and, obviously, (Eller) on the left side makes my job easier and I just got to hit him in the long stride and get open. It’s still adjustment part, it’s only Day 2, but we’re looking forward to it, to get used to each other more and go on there and competing and making the plays and being solid defensively and learning new things." The 21-year-old is a prime candidate to have a breakout season in 2015-16.
Sep 20 - 8:03 AM

Alex Galchenyuk will be used at center in 2015-16.

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin believes it's time to try Galchenyuk out at the position even though he voiced his doubts back in May and again in July that the 21-year-old forward would be able to hold down a spot in the middle. "Centerman is a hard position to learn," Bergevin said. "There's a lot of responsibility as a centerman, offensively and defensively. There's signs that hockey people, our staff, look for, and we felt that he wasn't ready at the time. Now we feel that he is getting really close, and it's time for us to know and for him to know if he can really fill that role." Galchenyuk had four goals and nine points in 12 games when he played between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher last season. That could be where he ends up, but we should get a clearer picture of coach Michel Therrien's plans at training camp.
Sep 10 - 6:39 PM

Alex Galchenyuk believes that signing a new contract didn't take too long.

"It didn’t take that long at all because we’re not even in August," Galchenyuk said Friday morning during a conference call from his off-season training base in Miami. "I changed agents and then I went back to Russia for three weeks, and with the time difference I didn’t speak to (new agent Pat Brisson) a lot. Once I got back to Montreal, everyone went pretty quickly." The young forward agreed to a new two-year contract earlier this week. Although his offensive production hasn't exploded in his first three NHL seasons, he still has plenty of time to develop into an impact player.
Aug 1 - 9:54 AM

Alex Galchenyuk has agreed to a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Galchenyuk had 20 goals and 46 points in 80 games last season. He's still just 21 years old and with plenty of upside, so a bridge contract like this one makes a lot of sense for him. If he continues to develop then he'll be in line for a bigger payday when this contract expires following the 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 30 - 7:55 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly closing in on a bridge deal with restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk.

The 21-year-old has had some ups and downs in his first three NHL seasons, but he did manage to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career in 2014-15. It will be interesting to see how much money and term Galchenyuk will end up with on his upcoming deal.
Jun 28 - 1:12 PM

Despite rumors to the contrary, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin expects to re-sign RFA forward Alex Galchenyuk.

"We’re fine with the cap, we have no problem with the money, we’re good. We’ll sign Chucky and move on," Bergevin said. The Canadiens have $4.925M left under the cap, without many slots to fill. It's reasonable to presume a trade to clear some space may occur, but that may be more to create extra breathing room under the ceiling. After all Galchenyuk has just 104 points over his first three seasons and 193 games, and he's coming off a cap hit of just $925K.
Jun 27 - 9:45 PM

A day after firing agents Igor Larionov and Ian Pulver, RFA Alex Galchenyuk has hired Pat Brisson to be his representative.

The 21 year old Galchenyuk is coming off his Entry Level Contract which saw him ding the cap at $925K per season. In that time he amassed 42 goals and 104 points in his first 193 games, he's also put up 10 points in 22 playoff games. Galchenyuk's roll has expanded each season as well, averaging just 12:19 per game as a rookie to 16:26 last season while raising his shooting percentage up to 12.3 from 11.4%.
Jun 23 - 6:28 PM

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, contract talks with Alex Galchenyuk have been placed on hold because the Canadiens forward fired his agent.

He will be a restricted free agent in July and it's believed the Canadiens have about $4.5 million left to spend if the salary cap is set at $71 million, as expected. Negotiations will continue when Galchenyuk gets another representative.
Jun 22 - 11:20 AM

Alex Galchenyuk would benefit from more time at center, according to Guy Lafleur.

"I would put him at center, I don't think he's comfortable at the wing," Lafleur said. "He's limited in his movements. He doesn't want to go all over the ice, (but) with his talent he should be all over the ice. It's not up to him to adjust to the other guys, the other guys should adjust to him." Lafleur thinks that Galchenyuk would produce more if he played regularly at center, especially if he gets to play with the right players. Montreal GM Marc Bergevin doesn't share that opinion and he serious doubts that Galchenyuk can succeed as a center in the NHL. We would expect the 21-year-old forward to spend most of the 2015-16 campaign on the wing again.
May 28 - 1:57 PM

It doesn't appear that Montreal GM Marc Bergevin believes that Alex Galchenyuk will be able to hold down a job as a center in the NHL.

It appears that the Habs will be looking at him strictly as a winger next season if Bergevin's remarks are to be taken at face value. "Chucky, at the end of the day, might never be a centerman. Right now, it doesn't look like he will be. He might be. He could be. But, I don't want to just focus on him. He's a good young player who's a part of this team. He scored 20 goals this year. He had a pretty good season. But, playing center in the NHL isn't easy. When he was playing in Sarnia, they put him on the wing, so maybe they saw something that we saw, too. Maybe he's not the centerman that he might have been," said Bergevin. For fantasy purposes that might be a good thing because as a pivot he could be behind both Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais on the depth chart. As a winger, he would have a better chance of playing in the Habs' top six.
May 16 - 11:07 AM

Alex Galchenyuk ended his personal seven game point drought with a pair of assists, including one on the power play, during Thursday's 6-2 Game Four win over Tampa Bay.

It's been a postseason of highs and lows for the young forward. Galchenyuk began the playoffs with a goal and an assist during the first two games, and hadn't tallied since. He now has four points through 10 games.
May 7 - 11:42 PM

Alex Galchenyuk had a tough outing in game one of Montreal's best-of-seven-series against Tampa Bay.

Galchenyuk has struggled down the stretch and he stood out for all the wrong reasons in game one. The 21-year-old took three minor penalties in the game, and missed two good scoring opportunities. "We had a little chat, I’m sure he chatted with the other guys, too," said veteran centre Tomas Plekanec. "You know we’re confident, he’s a great a player and it’s one little thing that’s going to pop in his head and he’ll turn things around and win us a game." Galchenyuk has just one goal and two points in seven playoff games in 2015.
May 3 - 9:41 AM

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said that Alex Galchenyuk won't sit in Game 2.

The young forward is a key part of the Habs offense, so it's heartening for Montreal fans that Galchenyuk won't be punished on Sunday.
May 2 - 2:30 PM

Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime winner in Friday's 3-2 win over Ottawa.

The Canadiens failed to close the game out in the final minutes of the third period, but end up with the win regardless. Max Pacioretty tied the game at one in the second period, while P.K. Subban gave Montreal a 2-1 lead later on in the period. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond will likely want Galchenyuk's goal back. Montreal now has a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Game three will take place in Ottawa on Sunday night.
Apr 17 - 10:12 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tomas Plekanec
2Alex Galchenyuk
3David Desharnais
4Brian Flynn
5Paul Byron
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Lars Eller
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Christian Thomas
5Michael Bournival
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Alexander Semin
3Dale Weise
4Devante Smith-Pelly
5Torrey Mitchell
6Zack Kassian
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Jeff Petry
4Alexei Emelin
5Tom Gilbert
6Nathan Beaulieu
7Greg Pateryn
8Jarred Tinordi
G1Carey Price
2Mike Condon