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Galchenyuk hoping for better fortunes in Minnesota

Josh Vold   ·   11 février 2020
When Alex Galchenyuk played junior with the Sarnia Sting of the AHL he was a big, skilled playmaker with a high level of hockey sense that had no problem filling the back of the net. He was a special player that any team would've been lucky to have. Montreal went on to select him third overall in 2012, with hopes that he'd be the player to help lead them to success.

He put up solid numbers in Montreal, but was never able to turn into the elite talent that the Canadiens thought he would when they drafted him, and he was eventually traded to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi on June 15, 2018.

He played just one season in Arizona before he and Pierre-Olivier Joseph were traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 29, 2019 for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks, and fourth round pick in 2021.

He wasn't able to find his offensive touch in Pittsburgh either, and last night he, Calen Addison, and a conditional first round pick in 2020 were traded to the Minnesota Wild for Jason Zucker.

So, after eight seasons in the NHL Galchenyuk is already on his fourth team, which isn't a great look for the former third overall pick.

We don't know the exact reason why Galchenyuk has struggled at the NHL level, but his work ethic is one thing that we can rule out.

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Professional Hockey Writers Association member Seth Rorabaugh took to Twitter to give us a little bit of insight on just how hard Galchenyuk works to improve his game.

"With Alex Galchenyuk, I can't say I've ever seen a player work so hard for so little success," Rorabaugh wrote. "He would work on little things after practice - bank plays off the boards or crossovers - to the point of exhaustion. And all it led to was five goals. Here's to better days for him."



Minnesota is likely Galchenyuk's last chance to prove he can compete at the NHL level, if he can't, there's a good chance that he'll find himself without an NHL contract next season.

If that happens, he will be the third player taken in the top-five in 2012 to find themselves out of the NHL, joining Nail Yakupov (first overall) and Griffin Reinhart (fourth overall).

Despite not living up to his potential, Galchenyuk still sits second in scoring out of his draft class with 132 goals and 313 points in 535 games.

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HOCKEY - QUIZ
Which defenseman of the NHL, cumulated the most points in 1994?
AL MACINNIS
LARRY MURPHY
PAUL COFFEY
RAY BOURQUE
SCOTT STEVENS
SERGEI ZUBOV
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