Though it ended up fizzling out in the postseason, the Montreal Canadiens boasted one of the top offensive attacks in the league, with a goals per game average that ranked in the top five during the regular season. They didn’t add much to that offensive attack, but they could be even better in 2013-14.
That’s assuming the Alex Galchenyuk is able to take the next step for the club during his second season. He burst onto the scene as a rookie, and while he struggled at times, and we didn’t hear much from him in the second half of the season, he proved that he has major upside.
Galchenyuk spent most of the year overshadowed by fellow rookie, and offensive agitator, Brendan Gallagher. He finished only a point behind Gallagher on the year, but the latter’s in-your-face style and Calder Trophy nomination earned him a bit more attention.
That won’t be the case for much longer. Heading into his second year, Galchenyuk could be ready to take the next step for the Habs. With a year to adjust and heading into the 2013-14 season completely healthy, there’s no reason to think that Galchenyuk will do anything but move forward this season.
He has the potential to be the no. 1 center for this club for a very long time. We saw plenty of that upside, as he flashed major potential. He has excellent hands and is very creative with the puck, making him a solid playmaker. Eighteen of his 27 points in 2013 came on assists.
Expect the Habs to move Galchenyuk into the middle full time, as he played mostly out on the wing during the regular season. His natural position is in the middle, and if he excels as expected, he could turn into a major offensive threat this upcoming season for Montreal.