Alex Galchenyuk has been a strange case in the NHL. He is a good player who has been passed between seven teams in his time in the NHL. The former first-round pick is only 27 years old and has played for three different teams in the Scotia North Division. So just how is Galchenyuk settling into his new home in Toronto?
Alex Galchenyuk scored his first goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night, sparking his team to come back and win the game against the Calgary Flames, 4-2. This makes it so that in the same amount of games played, Galchenyuk has put up four times the amount of points he did with the Ottawa Senators. A likely reason for this is the positioning of Galchenyuk as a top-six forward with the Leafs organization, seeing him play with John Tavares and William Nylander.
Galchenyuk has made his mark on the organization already, quickly becoming a fan favourite. He can play either in the centre or on the wing and has a faceoff percentage that most forwards would envy, winning two out of every three faceoffs. He has reportedly been good for locker room chemistry, as well as having already built a high level of chemistry with his linemates. The trio seems to be able to almost telepathically create plays to build momentum and pressure the net.
Not one to shy from the defensive side of the game, Galchenyuk has also been playing well on the other end of the ice. Galchenyuk has maintained an even plus-minus score, while also laying big-time hits, and blocking shots on the net.
Was Alex Galchenyuk a Good Signing?
Overall, the Maple Leafs gave up an insignificant amount for what they received. The Maple Leafs traded away two players, Egor Korshkov aged 24, and David Warsofsky aged 30. Neither player was in the Leafs lines, or taxi squad. Warsofsky was not playing while Korshkov was loaned to the KHL. While Korshkov was a promising young forward, he hadn’t made a spot for himself in the organization.
Conversely, Alex Galchenyuk made his mark on the team quickly, proving himself in the AHL after scoring eight points in six games, which saw him move up to the NHL and make a place for himself on the second line. He would then prove to be a valuable asset to the Maple Leafs. Galchenyuk helped to turn around the morale of the team, as well as helping them to recover some of the form that was seen early in the season.
The move for Galchenyuk also proved to be an amazing move for the player, being traded to a team that was patient with him, which allowed him to recover some of the form that he held early in his career. As well, the constant movement between teams and lines never allowed him to settle into a team and generate any amount of line chemistry. Thanks to the patience of both Head Coach Sheldon Keefe and GM Kyle Dubas, Galchenyuk was allowed to develop line chemistry.
Thus, it can be seen how Alex Galchenyuk can be added to the list of great moves by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2020-21 NHL season. This puts him among the likes of Joe Thornton, Wayne Simmonds, and TJ Brodie, who all have made their place in the Leafs line-up and continue to show that they were a good move week in and week out. Stick around for more updates as Galchenyuk continues to make an impact and the team looks to make an effort to win their division, as well as end the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup drought.
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