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Galchenyuk Transforming Into Elite NHL Player

The 2014-15 season is still  young, but it must be admitted that Alex Galchenyuk is quickly showing qualities of an emerging leader with the Montreal Canadiens.

After playing the Center position during training camp, Galchenyuk was sent back to the Left Wing position to start the season – a decision initially challenged by many Habs fans.

Galchenyuk found instant chemistry with Tomas Plekanec and PA Parenteau. The line currently accounts for 9 of the Habs’ 22 goals scored.

Many people doubted the Habs’ offensive capabilities, especially with the departures of Vanek and Gionta, but it appears that Marc Bergevin’s philosophy is paying off so far. The Habs will go as far as their young players take them.

Fortunately, Alex Galchenyuk elevated his game and brought it to another level. His skating has improved, his intensity and constant efforts are the main reasons for his success. He is currently the Habs’ second leading scorer with 7 points in as many games, just behind linemate Tomas Plekanec.

With the many changes made in the offseason, Galchenyuk is now given the opportunity to log minutes on the power play and is playing over 15 minutes per game.

With two pro seasons under his belt, the former Sarnia Sting wants to be an essential piece of the puzzle and fortunately for him and the Habs, the best is yet to come for the 20-year-old.

With Galchy’s outburst and his line’s offensive output, the Canadiens can finally count on two top offensive lines, which is something Montreal hasn’t seen in a while. If this continues, the Montreal Canadiens will be very successful this year – especially if we add a P.K. Subban and Carey Price in top form.

Will Alex Galchenyuk end the season as the Habs’ top scorer?

(Editor’s note – The original article was written in french by Rabid Habs’ Guillaume Lambert-Héon.)