News:Alex Galchenyuk had a goal, four shots on net and two hits Tuesday night in Montreal's loss to Ottawa in Game 4 of their playoff series.
Analysis: It was the first postseason marker for the rookie, who has three points in the first four games of the series. Going back to the regular season, Alex Galchenyuk has 15 points (7G, 8A) in his last 17 games.
News:Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal on his only shot of the game Thursday night in Montreal's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. It was the third straight game with a goal for the rookie.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk is heating up as we head toward the end of the regular season. He has scored a goal in six of the last eight games and has nine points in the last nine games.
News:Alex Galchenyuk pocketed a goal on two shots Wednesday night in Montreal's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk appears to have a second life after a fallow stretch, having scored five goals in the previous seven games.
News:Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal Thursday night, his third in four games, in Montreal's 5-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Following a stretch in which the rookie posted three points (no goals) in 17 games, Alex Galchenyuk has pointed in five straight games (3G, 3A).
News:Alex Galchenyuk picked up two assists Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Washington, giving him a four-game point streak.
Analysis: The 19-year-old continues to see fairly limited ice time, including essentially no power-play time, and yet he's been putting up points of late. There's huge talent here; look for him late in your redraft leagues next season.
News:Alex Galchenyuk scored the game's first goal Saturday night in Montreal's 2-1 win over Boston. It was the second straight game that he's scored a goal, following an 18-game goal drought.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk, who moved back to wing with Tomas Plekanec (groin) returning to the lineup, didn't even step on the ice until seven minutes into the game. But once he got on, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien couldn't take him off. In addition to the goal, Galchenyuk was inspiring on the forecheck and his line (with Lars Eller and Brandon Prust) had several shifts parked in the Bruins zone.
News:Alex Galchenyuk played center Thursday and could continue to fill in at the position while Tomas Plekanec (groin) is out of the lineup, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk is a natural center, though his future with the Habs appears to be as a winger. Tomas Plekanec is day-to-day, so this shift in position probably will not last much longer.
News:Alex Galchenyuk ended an 18-game goal drought when he scored a third-period marker in Thursday night's win over Winnipeg.
Analysis: The rookie's quick start to the season (seven points in seven games) is distant memory now. He's strung together points in the last two games, following a 17-game stretch with just three points.
News:Alex Galchenyuk skated a season-low 7:57 on Monday in Montreal's 4-1 win over Carolina.
Analysis: There does not appear to be an injury to explain the reduced minutes. It's usually some poor play that leads to a rookie getting benched, such as an offensive-zone penalty.
News:Alex Galchenyuk will not be returned to the junior leagues despite an offensive slump, the Montreal Gazette reports. The rookie center/forward has just one assist in the last 10 games. "We have a development plan with Alex and we're following the plan," said Montreal head coach Michel Therrien. "He has earned his ice time."
Analysis: Therrien is pleased with Alex Galchenyuk's play for the most part and is tolerant of the rookie's missteps. Galchenyuk, who is third on the Canadiens at plus-8, will continue to skate on a line with Lars Eller and Gabriel Dumont.
News:Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-winning goal early in the third period of a 3-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. It was his second goal of the year.
Analysis: Although the third overall pick has found twine just twice, he's sitting on 10 total points in 16 games with a plus-9 rating -- very fine work, particularly for a kid who just turned 19 a little over a week ago.
News:Alex Galchenyuk assisted on Montreal's lone goal in a 1-0 overtime win against Florida. The assist broke a five-game pointless streak for the rookie, who had three shots on goal, two hits and won four of seven faceoffs.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk has earned enough confidence from head coach Michel Therrien to have the 19-year-old out there in overtime. He's settling into a pattern of 11-12 minutes a night while getting duty on the team's second-unit man-advantage.
News:Alex Galchenyuk had two assists and three shots on net in a season-high 15:03 of ice time in Saturday's win over Buffalo. He also won nine of 11 faceoffs.
Analysis: What was 11-12 minutes at the start of the season has become 14-15 minutes for the 18-year-old rookie. The poised Alex Galchenyuk is third on the team with 60 faceoffs taken and he's won half of them.
News:Alex Galchenyuk celebrated the news that he's staying with the Habs by notching a pair of assists and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's victory over Winnipeg.
Analysis: Despite very limited ice time, Alex Galchenyuk's racked up five points in five games, and you have to think he stands a chance of seeing an uptick in ice time soon, considering the skills he's shown already. There's certainly room for him to move into the top six this year, as Tomas Plekanec is the only center they've got who's better than Galchenyuk.
News:Alex Galchenyuk has been informed by the Habs that he will not be returning to his junior team, Arpon Basu of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: The talented young forward has looked good in a somewhat limited role (12:06 TOI/G) through four contests, and the decision to forego sending him back to junior hockey to avoid burning a year of his entry-level deal makes Alex Galchenyuk a more viable early-season pickup for owners looking to gamble on a talented young forward.
News:Alex Galchenyuk notched two assists against the Devils on Sunday, the first two helpers of his career.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk is a promising young player He hasn't even turned 19 yet, and he now has three points in four games.
News:Alex Galchenyuk scored his first NHL goal Tuesday night in Montreal's win over Florida. He had four shots on net in 11:10 of ice time.
Analysis: The rookie was dropped to the fourth line and played fewer minutes Tuesday than he did in Saturday's season opener, but the new line cooperated on the goal. Brendon Gallagher and Brandon Prust both assisted on the goal. The Canadiens can still send Alex Galchenyuk back to the minors, but the team also must be aware of his appeal to the fans, who rocked the Bell Centre after his goal.
News:Alex Galchenyuk lined up at center on the fourth line during Montreal's practice Monday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Montreal head coach Michel Therrien made a few line tweaks after his team's 2-1 loss to Toronto on opening night. Alex Galchenyuk, who opened the season on the wing of the second line, was replaced by Rene Bourque. We'll see Galchenyuk and fellow rookie Brendan Gallager on the fourth line Tuesday night against Florida. At this rate, he could easily end up back in juniors after five games.
News:Alex Galchenyuk, who started Saturday night's game on the second line, was eventually replaced by Rene Bourque. The rookie forward finished with 13:06 of ice time (1:51 on power play) in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Toronto.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk showed some flash early on, had a couple of shots and didn't look out of place. But the 18-year-old was at times over-matched. The 2012 first-round draft pick generated some excitement during training camp and he'll continue to play regular shifts even on the third line. But if he's going to get third-line minutes, maybe he's better off back in the juniors.
News:Alex Galchenyuk made his NHL debut Saturday against the Leafs. He skated 13:06, fired two shots and had one takeaway in a 2-1 loss.
Analysis: This kid's skills are sublime and the Habs' faithful in the Bell Center gave him a rousing welcome. There's no certainty he'll stick after his five games max, so don't invest in him just yet.
News:Alex Galchenyuk will open the season on Montreal's roster, the Montreal Gazette reports. The rookie will be in the lineup, skating on the second line, for Saturday's season opener against Toronto.
Analysis: The Canadiens aren't committing to Alex Galchenyuk long-term, but he's played well enough in training camp to stick all season. The team has the option to evaluate him for five games before his service time starts. There's a chance he could be returned to the juniors, but if he gets off to a good start, that will be a difficult sell to the fan base.
News: Glachenyuk is expected to suit up for Saturday night's season opener against Toronto, the Montreal Gazette reports. Montreal head coach Michel Therrien all but confirmed that after Thursday night's intra-squad scrimmage, saying the third-overall pick will get a chance to "break the ice."
Analysis: The question remains how long with the Canadiens keep the rookie in Montreal. He's allowed to play five games with the parent club before the first year of his entry level contract kicks in. When he does start the season, he'll lineup with Brian Gionta and Lars Eller (or Tomas Plekanec, if healthy).
News:Alex Galchenyuk skated on the second line during Wednesday's practice, lining up on left wing with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, the Montreal Gazette reports. The Canadiens are being coy about whether Galchenyuk, the team's first-round pick in 2012, will make the roster, but it certainly looks like he'll be getting significant ice time when the season opens up Saturday.
Analysis:Alex Galchenyuk has been practicing with one of the team's top two lines, and on Wednesday head coach Michel Therrien used the rookie on the first power-play unit, with Plekanec, Erik Cole, Andrei Markov and Tomas Kaberle.
News:Alex Galchenyuk showed off some of his skills early on in Montreal's training camp, the Hockey Inside Out blog reports. "I like his speed. I like his vision with the puck. He's got a lot of poise with it. He's got a great shot So there are a lot of good things out there to work with," said Montreal head coach Michel Therrien.
Analysis: With the recent announcement that the Canadiens will not be using Scott Gomez this season, there will be an open roster spot for one of Montreal's younger players. Alex Galchenyuk, the Habs' 2011 first-round draft pick, is one of a few prospects in training camp looking for a spot. He's been skating as a winger on the second line during the first two days of training camp.
News:Alex Galchenyuk, who will be part of the 25 to 30 players in Montreal's training camp, has a $3.2 million salary cap hit if he should win a roster spot, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Canadiens have about $6 million to play with under the salary cap, but some of that will be eaten up when they sign defenseman P.K. Subban. Most of Alex Galchenyuk's large salary hit represents bonus clauses and Bergevin isn't sure how those will be handled in the new collective bargaining agreement.
News:Alex Galchenyuk will be invited to Montreal's training camp, the Montreal Gazette reports. The number of players in training camp will be small, but there's no guarantee the first-round draft pick (third overall) will make the team.
Analysis: During the NHL lockout, Alex Galchenyuk has been skating for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. He scored 27 goals and had 34 assists in 33 games for the Sting.