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Alex Galchenyuk | Winger

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (20) / 2/12/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
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Alex Galchenyuk has enjoyed an excellent start to the 2014-15 season.
He scored his third goal and seventh point in seven games during Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Detroit. Galchenyuk tucked the puck into the net on a wraparound goal late in the third period to send the game into an extra session. He has credited his off-season training regimen with his confident play to open the year. "I had a great summer of training and I definitely got stronger," said Galchenyuk. "I feel more confident physically. Every summer, your goal is to get more confident so that you can compete. Your linemates can also make a difference. I'm happy to be playing with (Tomas Plekanec and P.A. Parenteau) and they have helped me a lot." The 20-year-old forward is stepping up for the Canadiens and new career highs in all offensive categories should be attainable even though his point-per-game pace will probably not be maintained. Oct 22 - 8:53 AM

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Alex Galchenyuk doesn’t care which forward position he plays this season. All he wants to do is contribute.

Galchenyuk has played the first two years of his career mostly as a left-winger. Coming into this season though, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said the team wanted to give Galchenyuk a shot to play center. "I’ve been saying it all along that I don’t care where I play," said Galchenyuk. "As long as I can help the team." The 20-year-old has played some preseason games at both positions this year, but it appears as though he will start the season on the wing. Wherever he plays, the 20-year-old is a prime candidate for a breakout season.
Oct 4 - 8:22 AM

Alex Galchenyuk got another look at center in Sunday's 2-0 preseason loss to Washington.

He had three shots and a minus-2 rating in the defeat. Galchenyuk did manage to win 70 percent of his 10 faceoffs, but it's likely that he'll be on the wing when the regular season begins.
Sep 29 - 10:09 AM

After starting the pre-season at center, Alex Galchenyuk was moved back to left wing on Saturday.

Galchenyuk skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher. The Habs drafted Galchenyuk as a center, but he has yet to see significant ice time in the middle. "I’m not the coach and I’ll play wherever they want me to play," said Galchenyuk. The 20-year-old is extremely skilled, but has struggled with the defensive duties that come with playing center. No matter which forward position he plays, Galchenyuk should surpass the 13 goals and 31 points he scored last season.
Sep 28 - 8:59 AM

Although the Canadiens seem willing to give Alex Galchenyuk some playing time at center during training camp, don't expect the talented sophomore to remain at the position.

Habs' coach Michel Therrien seems very happy with his other four centers namely, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, Lars Eller and Manny Malhotra. From a fantasy perspective it is probably better for Galchenyuk to line up as a winger as he will have a better chance of playing in the team's top six. "I was happy with what I saw from Alex in the scrimmage today, but I’m happy with David Desharnais at centre," Therrien said. I’m happy with Tomas Plekanec at centre. I’m happy with Lars Eller at centre and I’m happy with Manny Malhotra at centre. "But things happen during the season, there are injuries. Every team is looking for strength in the middle and it’s an advantage for us if we have players who can play the wing and then move to centre if we need help."
Sep 20 - 11:15 AM

The Montreal Canadiens might move Alex Galchenyuk to center ... if they can deal with defensive lapses.

This is a big situation to watch, as Galchenyuk has the talent and pedigree to make a huge leap in the next season or two. Of course, that could come down to how much room Michel Therrien gives him to breathe.
Sep 16 - 2:21 PM

Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and registered an assist in Montreal's 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

It was just Galchenyuk's fourth game since returning from a knee injury that had sidelined him for over a month. He now has three points since his return.
May 28 - 9:36 AM

Alexander Galchenyuk, who scored the overtime winner Thursday night, is beginning to look more at home on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

After being out of action since April 9th with a knee injury, it took Galchenyuk the first two games in the series against the Rangers to shake off the rust. In Thursday night's Game 3, Galchenyuk started to look like the talented rookie who began the 2013-14 regular season on fire. He had two shots on goal and was dangerous on a number of occasions before potting a rather lucky goal in overtime. Keep an eye on Galchenyuk going forward. He could be a difference maker.
May 24 - 10:44 AM

Alex Galchenyuk played hero for Montreal Thursday as he was credited with the overtime winner in the Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.

Galchenyuk was on the fortunate end of a bouncing puck as a rebound diverted by Henrik Lundqvist caromed directly off his chest before it ricocheted into the Rangers goal. The Canadiens were outplayed in the contest, but ended up with a win primarily because of the play of Dustin Tokarski. Daniel Briere and Andrei Markov also found the back of the net for the Habs in the winning effort.
May 22 - 11:23 PM

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien expects Alex Galchenyuk to improve as the Eastern Conference Final progresses.

Galchenyuk (knee) played on Monday for the first time since April 9. He had two shots on goal and a minus-one rating in 13:23 minutes of playing time. There's a fair chance that he'll see his minutes increase in Game 3 of the series.
May 21 - 9:57 AM

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) was back in Montreal's lineup for Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

In his first game action since April 9th, he posted two shots, a penalty for tripping and a minus-1 rating in 13:23 of ice time. Galchenyuk replaced Michael Bournival, who sat as a healthy scratch, on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek in the contest.
May 20 - 8:09 AM

It doesn't sound like a green light to add him to your playoff team right this moment, but the Montreal Canadiens are at least leaving the door open for Alex Galchenyuk to play in Game 2 on Monday.

Galchenyuk received extra time in practice and was cleared for contact, leaving Michel Therrien to say there's "always a possibility" that he could play against the New York Rangers. It would be wise to wait for confirmation, though, especially since he could be a little rusty.
May 18 - 1:30 PM

Although he has been cleared for contract, Alex Galchenyuk will need practice time to get into game shape before he will be a roster consideration.

Galchenyuk has not played since April 9th due to a knee injury and in order to keep up with the quick pace of playoff games he will need at least a number of up-tempo scrimmages under his belt. "He needs more practice to get into playoff shape, physically and mentally", said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. We don't expect Galchenyuk to be in the Habs' lineup Saturday for Game 1 or Monday for Game 2.
May 17 - 9:42 AM

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) has been cleared for contact.

Galchenyuk hasn't been able to participate in the Canadiens' playoff run thus far, but he might be able to join them in the Eastern Conference Final. He had 13 goals and 31 points in 65 regular season games.
May 16 - 1:42 PM

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) was on the ice again on Wednesday.

Although Galchenyuk has been skating lately, he's not expected to return for Game 7 against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Galchenyuk hasn't been available since April 9.
May 14 - 12:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Desharnais
2Tomas Plekanec
3Lars Eller
4Manny Malhotra
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Travis Moen
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2P. A. Parenteau
3Rene Bourque
4Jiri Sekac
5Brandon Prust
6Dale Weise
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Tom Gilbert
4Mike Weaver
5Alexei Emelin
6Jarred Tinordi
G1Carey Price
2Dustin Tokarski