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Former teammate of Alex Galchenyuk discusses why he's struggling in the NHL

Tim Tucker   ·   12 février 2020
Now that Alex Galchenyuk has played his first game with the Minnesota Wild after being a piece oin the Jason Zucker trade earlier this week, he's now officially played with his fourth NHL team in three seasons. The once promising third overall draft pick has been struggling in recent years and the constant change of scenery doesn't seem to be helping much. In fact, a former teammate of his says he wouldn't be at all surprised if Galchenyuk wasn't playing in the NHL next season.

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P.A. Parenteau played with Galchenyuk in Montreal in 2014-15, Galchenyuk's third full year at the NHL level. While many have wondered whether Galchenyuk's issues stem from attitude problems, Parenteau told TVA Sports that he doesn't believe that's the case.

"I'm not surprised (that he was traded again)", admitted Parenteau. "He is a good kid and I was lucky to be around him, but I think his game is suffering a little. There is a lot of speed in the NHL and I don't think he is a great skater. He's not a bad player, but when confidence starts to be affected and you realize that you may not have the speed to play at this level or be successful there, it is what it is. "

"We thought maybe his hockey IQ or his shot could compensate for his lack of speed, but you have to skate today," added Parenteau. "The decisions he makes on the ice are questionable. It is not an attitude problem."

"He is at a crossroads," said Parenteau. "I will not be surprised if he is no longer in the NHL next year."



Seth Rorabaugh, a reporter covering the Pittsburgh Penguins, echoed Parenteau's sentiments on attitude following Galchenyuk's trade to Minnesota.

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

While it is a very small sample size, Galchenyuk's first game with the Wild didn't produce encouraging results for him. He was used sparingly, getting 12:26 of ice time, including 2:29 on the powerplay. He failed to register on the scoresheet.

Source: TVA Sports

FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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