Sept 21st 2012 vs Belleville
Galchenyuk looked good. Pretty good effort on both sides of the ice. He was streaking down the ice, and used his hard wrist shot, Subban bobbled it, and he took another whack, and one of the Bulls got in his face. Galchenyuk gave him a shove and gave him an earful. He uses his hands really good, cuts across the ice, and creates space. He has a tendency just to stick handle himself into a corner, but with his excellent vision, it actually created some scoring chances. He had an assist tonight. Sarault passed him the puck, and Gally fought off the defender to tip it back to him. Sarault threw it to the top of the slot where Kuzmyk was left open. He also had a fantastic lead pass, but it led to nothing. Overall, he was good, but didn't dominate. They played him on a line with Charles Sarault. Sarault took the faceoffs and shifted to the Left Wing, while Galchenyuk moved to Centre. Galchenyuk hopped on loose pucks very quickly, and never gave up on the play tonight.
Points: 1 assist
Sept 23rd 2012 vs Kitchener
Galchenyuk looked pretty good offensively, but he looked fantastic defensively today. He had some nice scoring chances, and showed incredible strength on the puck. Kitchener double and triple teamed him all game, and he still kept possession at one point. He created chances with multiple sets of lines, and it's really telling to the type of game that he plays. His all around style, and vision can really compliment anyone. Galchenyuk didn't back down to anyone, and while he doesn't look for hits, he is still willing to initiate contact. He only won a single faceoff the entire game. That part of his game needs improvement. He missed the puck when time was ticking down in the 3rd, and went down to block the shot. Murphy faked the shot, and Galchenyuk still managed to get his stick on it and deflected it out of play. Near the beginning of the 3rd he had 2 or 3 good takeaways, and also intercepted a couple of passes. His timing is starting to come back to him. In OT he had a flurry of scoring chances. He looked good and was easily the best player in OT.
Overall, he looked good but not dominant.
Points: 0, shootout goal
Sept 28th 2012 vs Sault Ste Marie
Gally had a slow start to the game. He was pretty quiet in the first period. He was involved in a few scrums, and looked great defensively. The blocked passing lane and tied his man up. He has a fantastic two-way game. Offensively he picked up as the game went on. On the powerplay he was particularly dangerous. He had a few nice passes, and one particular one over 2 sticks from the point to opposite corner. Galchenyuk played in various places on the powerplay. One point he went from the blue line and slowly worked his way to the net where he got a scoring chance. He around the circles a few times and a few chances there. On the 5-on-3 he carried the puck for a good 30 seconds of it, and took multiple shots. He scored his goal by driving the net. He got the loose puck and buried it. He looked good in the third, but Sarnia fell apart. They started playing sloppy and that includes Galchenyuk (to a lesser extent). It's quite surprising how much Sarnia relies on him at both ends of the ice. I'd certainly like to see him get more help.
Overall, he played a good game. He showed his defensive prowess and showed some good flashes offensively. Still waiting for him to take over a game, but that will come with time. His timing is still getting better and his reaction time is improving as well.
Points: 1 goal
Sept 29th 2012 @ Owen Sound
It was Galchenyuk's best game so far this season. He's steadily improving every game he plays. He looked much better on the draws tonight and so many flashes offensively. He played on the 2nd PK unit and obviously on the PP unit. In the first period he had a really nice rush, and put a hard shot on the net. Galchenyuk also threw a shot on net from a bad angle and then crashed the net and got a good chance out of it. He was involved in many scrums and he lost his helmet twice during them. He was great defensively again, read plays, intercepted passes, and blocked passing lanes. He drove the net multiple times including once where he took like five whacks at the goalie. Galchenyuk's assist came from a nice touch in the neutral zone where Murphy picked up the puck and put on some nice dekes. He took a shot and him and Galchenyuk drove right to the net. It looked like it should have been Gally's goal. He even celebrated after. He was pretty quiet in the third period, but had a few nice chances and played excellent defensively. When the clock was winding down he went down to block shots.
Galchenyuk was heavily engaged physically. He hit people, battled it out in the corners and, he got involved in scrums (Including one where he jumped on top of the goalie). He also crashed the net every time he could. Gally took a lot of shots tonight. His shot is very powerful and his release is insanely quick. Something that I was impressed by is that he always made the goalie work when he shot.
Points: 1 assist
Oct 5th 2012 vs Owen Sound
Galchenyuk was sluggish and tired in the first period. It was honestly the worst I've seen him play this year. He had trouble controlling the puck and wasn't engaging at all. When he did he lost the puck battles.
In the second he improved. He kicked it off nice a few nice moves and a beauty drop pass. His goal came off a 2 on 1, where Moore shot the puck and nice rebound landed on Galchenyuk's stick. Later in the period he had a nice hit and also made some nice rushes. He had a few turnovers though. His assist came from a nice pass to Sarault on the Powerplay. Near the end of the 2nd, the puck came to him from a pass and he pulled it between his legs and shot. He could get the shot up, and the defender knocked him over starting a scrum. Galchenyuk ended up getting an offsetting roughing penalty.
In the third he was a bit quieter, but played better along the boards and played better defensively. He drove the net and created a nice chance. Near the end of the game he played on the point. He fanned on his shot, but a nice scoring chance came from it. At the end of the game he took a shot on net and went immediately to the net, he jammed it home, but time had already expired.
Overall, it wasn't the best I've seen him play, but it wasn't the worst either. He started out playing pretty bad, but improved over the course of the game. He also played another new set of linemates today. Galchenyuk has shown flashes of brilliance, but he needs to play better. He's been improving, and there's no reason to think that he won't get better.
Points: 1 goal, 1 assist
Oct 6th 2012 @ Sault Ste Marie
Points: 2 goals, 2 assists
Oct 8th 2012 @ Windsor
Galchenyuk played LW on a line (much to my dismay) Sarault and Moore. He had a quiet first period, but showed some hockey smarts by making some interceptions. He also had a nice drop pass to Sarault.
Gally was quiet early on in the period, but he started picking up his play later in the period. There was one incident where he was protecting the puck and pushed the guy over with one hand while he was along the boards. On the PP he had a few nice plays including right after a faceoff win and then had a pass right to Sarault. I have no idea how it pulled it off. Later on during that same PP he got the puck from behind the goal line and drove right to from of the net.
During the third he looked good right off the start. He did a nice move by putting the puck between the back checkers legs near the blueline. Gally showed some nice speed and moves and had a nice spin and shoot from behind the net. In OT he dominated. He went from his blue line to the opposite circle and had a nice shot on net. He also had another beauty pass to Boucher. When time was ticking down he had an incredible move around Sieloff, but puck went wide of Boucher.
Overall, I thought he played good solid two-way game. Nothing too fancy at first, but picked up offensively later on.
Oct 13th 2012 vs Niagara
Galchenyuk had a quiet first period. Had a nice pass on the PP, but missed some scoring chances.
In the second period he stripped one of the Niagara defenders with ease, but Hottot couldn't finish the chance Galchenyuk created. His assist came from a pass to DeAngelo from the point. DeAngelo scored from down low at a sharp angle. He also parked himself in front of the net a few times.
In the third he starting picking up offensively. Had a few hard, accurate shots on net. He also picked up a Goldobin pass and cut right to the front of the net and shot. A play that stood out to me was when he was carrying the across the top of offensive zone, and he got stripped of the puck. Galchenyuk stole the puck back and took a hard shot.
In OT Galchenyuk had an incredible move. He got the puck in the slot and stopped, he then took one step and blew past the defender and was alone with the goalie. He had the goalie going the wrong way, but Boucher couldn't bury the puck alone in front.
Overall, I felt he had a quiet game. Not a bad game, though. Played solid, but I'm still waiting for more. On a side note he didn't lose a single puck battle all night, literally.
Points: 1 assist
Oct 14th 2012 vs Sault Ste Marie
Because of the power outage in Sarnia, the first 15 minutes of the game wasn't broadcasted. From what I heard he set up a nice goal from Goldobin. In the second he looked really good. He didn't created offensively until the end but he every solid defensively. He won almost all of his faceoffs too. Looked very engaged physically. His second assist came from a nice breakout and then a good pass to Dundas. In the third he was great. He didn't lose a single draw, which is a huge improvement since the beginning of the season. He had multiple fancy passes and nice dekes. Very engaged and went to the front of the net, he even gave Darnell Nurse a couple of shots. He had a nice sequence of events where he intercepted the down on the PK, blew down the wing, and then took a hard shot that just missed high. He had a good rush at the end of the game too.
Overall, I felt Galchenyuk played a very strong game. He was very good in the faceoff dot. He played a physical game, and kept his feet moving the entire game. He was noticeable every shift. Still waiting for a dominant performance, but today was pretty damn close. He could have had some more points if Nichols wasn't such a stud today. As mentioned, his shot accuracy needs some work. His shot is so powerful and any time he gets it on net the goalie has trouble controlling it.
Points: 2 assists
Oct 18th 2012 vs Mississauga
Galchenyuk's first period was fantastic. He looked really strong out there and showed great defensive effort. He had a nice steal and immediately turned it around for an end to end rush. He a few hard wrist shots that went wide. Galchenyuk had a phenomenal pass to Boucher on the PP as well. He showed some great awareness jumping to the middle of the ice to get a stretch pass.
His second period was a bit quieter. He had some good work along the boards. Galchenyuk also had a nice interception on the PK and shot it fivehole. His shots became much more accurate by the end of the second.
Galchenyuk came out flying in the third. He won a race to a loose puck and fought of the defender, killing time on the PK. He also stripped a player of the puck who was facing an open cage, he went end to end but fired his shot high. Now this is where it gets good. He made an unbelievable pass to Sarault on the PP, who scored. With time ticking away he had a succession of nice plays. Galchenyuk had a nice pass to Goldobin who got his shot on net. Galchenyuk drove the net and got the puck free and got robbed twice. Later on, the puck again was on the doorstep and he kept hammering away. He put a hard wrist shot on goal with just a few seconds, but Spencer Martin robbed him again.
Overall, it was a really strong game from Galchenyuk. He took some major steps forward tonight. His shot got much more accurate as the night went on. He also had a nice night on the draw. This is the first time this year that he's been offside from memory. That really says something about his hockey sense.
Points: 1 assist
Oct 19th 2012 @ Guelph
Galchenyuk started the game off nicely. He had a faceoff win on PK and cleared the puck down the ice. Later that shift he picked the up and went through the entire Guelph team, but Boucher couldn't finish. He also had a nice pass cross ice. He looked really strong on the PK too.
In the second Galchenyuk had a beautiful cross ice pass to Sarault, but he fumbled the puck. He also went through the entire team again, but the puck trickled out of the other side of the crease, between both Sarault and Boucher. He had a beautiful between the legs pass right in the front of the net.
He was a bit quieter in the third however, which could probably be attributed to spending most of his time on the PK (including a 3 minute shift). He had almost got Kuzmyk killed with a suicide pass. I notice he did that twice tonight, but the player didn't get hit. Galchenyuk attempted a really stupid pass to Murphy on the PP, and the Guelph player got a breakaway. Galchenyuk hustled all the back and at the last second was able to swipe the puck from his stick and prevent a shot (middle of his 3 minutes + shift). On a 5-on-3 Galchenyuk realized that the puck was loose, he lost the race to it, but managed to out muscle the player and turn the puck around for a 1 on 1 with the defender.
Overall, I though he played great. He was Sarnia's best player, not that says a whole lot though. He wasn't electrifying and he had his fair share of mistakes, but he certainly made up for that. He created a ton of chances, but only one was converted. He's needs to simplify things and he will pick his production up. Tonight's game was huge step in the right direction.
Points: 1 assist
Oct 20th 2012 vs Kitchener
In the first he had a few nice passes. His goal came from slipping away from the defender and one timing the puck in from in close.
In the second he had a beauty stretch pass. He got robbed by Gibson twice. He got the puck free, and it trickled out behind the net, Boucher picked it up and scored. Galchenyuk had a few hits too, he played noticeably physical.
In the third he a beauty behind the back pass in front of the net. He rushed the puck up by himself and through the entire team on PP, but elected to pass, instead of shoot. He blew his defensive coverage on Kitchener's GWG goal, as did the entire team. On the empty net he lost won the race to puck, but didn't realize the defender was right behind him and poked it away. He looked really really exhausted starting at around halfway through the third.
Overall, I thought Galchenyuk was Sarnia's best player the first two periods, but he had a pretty bad final 10 minutes of the game. He was noticeably more physical than he's been in the last 2 games. He created chances that his teammates couldn't convert on and he missed on chances that his teammates created. He seemed to a combination of snake bitten and physically exhausted tonight.
Points: 1 goal
Oct 25th 2012 vs Windsor
Galchenyuk's best performance this season. If that wasn't dominating a game, then I don't know what is. Hopefully this shuts up some of this fanbase and most of the Leafs fan base who compare Gally to everyone of their prospects . He played right wing tonight, which is his second time playing his off wing. He came out flying, literally, he blew past defenders. He had a beauty pass, but the resulting chance was missed by Boucher. He had a few chances in the first period and was engaged in some scrums. At the end he had an absolutely filthy move around the defender, just not fair.
In the second Galchenyuk came out flying on the PP. He created a ton of chances, and even set up Murphy who banged it off the post. He also somehow missed an open net. He had two interceptions as well. His first goal came after Ebert hauled him down, and he got the penalty shot. Galchenyuk buried it with a nice move.
In the third he a beauty assist. He picked up the puck and just blew down the wing and made a nice pass to Basso. Pavelka had no chance. On the PK he had a good clear, and won most of his puck battles. He showed some hands too, but ended up getting laid out. It's the first time I've seen him knocked off his skates this year. His 2 second goal came off of a rather hilarious sequence. Boucher missed the open net after Gally passed it to him. Then Gally missed the open net from the blue line. Boucher missed again near the net. Puck comes down the ice, Galchenyuk takes it and misses from the blue line again, and finally Sarault and Gally get a 2 on 0 and Galchenyuk buries it.
Overall, this was his best performance. He dominated. Clearly the best player on the ice. He was flying out there and looked great with and without the puck. Despite playing on the wing he was very good defensively. I love how he just has the skate by someone and he gets the puck. Anyways, he was dominant. That's all I have to say.
Points: 2 goals (PS), 1 assist
Oct 27th 2012 @ Erie
Galchenyuk came out flying in the first. He was skating hard and doing a job along the boards. He jumped on loose pucks fast. He had a nice chance alone in front of the net, but shot off the crossbar. He was in a board battle with Pelech and one hand and pushed him over. Really showed his strength. Him and Sarault and Boucher had an “extended break” after a flurry of Boucher turnovers. Galchenyuk also had a pair of turnovers to McDavid at the end of a long shift.
In the second Galchenyuk had some great passes. He had a few beauties but his teammates couldn’t bury the chances he created. At one point on the PP, he gloved the puck down and somehow passed the puck backwards to the defenceman on the point while being covered. He started shooting more near the end of the period, but couldn’t bury anything. He had a nice move while coming from behind the goal line, he went right to the net.
In the third period Galchenyuk was invisible, expect in the last 5 minutes or so and it wasn’t for a good reason. He had like 3 shots at an open net but missed or got blocked on all of them. He also had a turnover and floated defensively near the end.
Overall, I really liked Galchenyuk’s start. For the most part he tends to get off to quiet starts, but the opposite happened tonight. He had quite a few chances that he really should have buried. He’s lacking a level of finish that he had in the past. His teammates missed a few chances, too. In all honesty, he should have about 3 points tonight.
Notes: Galchenyuk was 3 for 3 on the draw... Played on a line with Boucher and Sarault... Played RW... Had 4 turnovers... Only lost 2 or 3 puck battles...
Oct 28th 2012 @ Brampton
Galchenyuk's first shift was terrible. He couldn't hold on to the puck the puck and over skated it. After that though, he never looked back. He had a filthy behind the back to pass Duinick but nothing came out of it. At one point he tried to get to fancy and lost the puck. His first assist came off of a cross ice pass to Basso could in turn passed to it Boucher on the PP. Right afterwards he took a slashing penalty. Galchenyuk also had a collection of a great moves in the neutral zone.
In the second Galchenyuk got even better. He showed off some just down right incredible hands. At one point he was just toying with the Battalion, they couldn't get the puck off him. He also hustled back and broke up a 3 on 1. It was the Alex Galchenyuk show in the second period.
In the third he was a bit quieter until about halfway through. He scored a beautiful goal after the puck took a funny bounce and he blew past the defenders. He went towards the net and did a few nice moves and blew a wrister past the goalie. He also had a beautiful saucer pass to Duinick (again) but he couldn't get his shot off. His second assist came off a pass to Sarault who passed to Hargrave who scored on the empty net.
Overall, I thought it was a great performance by Galchenyuk tonight. He was easily the best player on the ice, and created a ton of chances. He had a few chances from in close that he couldn't bury, but regardless he was awesome. I was very impressed with his 2nd period and the final ten minutes of his game. Really great performance.
Notes: Played RW with Boucher and Sarault... Was 0 for 1 in the faceoff dot... Had 1 turnover... Had 3 takeaways...
Points: 1 goal, 2 assists
Nov 2nd 2012 vs Plymouth
Galchenyuk had a pretty quiet first period. He had a suicide pass to Basso, which seems to becoming a habit for Galchenyuk. He did have an incredible cross ice pass to Sarault (which is slightly losing it's "incredible-ness" because he does it every game), and also had another beauty pass when he was along to the boards. At the end of the first he pulled the between his legs and went around the defender to drive the net. However, the Plymouth goalie got his stick on it.
In the second Galchenyuk was even quieter. He had a nice move on the PK. He cut across the ice going through the entire team and then sent it back into his own zone killing the clock. He had was setup beautifully later on, but for some reason decided not to shoot all alone in front.
In the third, Galchenyuk was even quieter. He lost a puck battle to kick it off, and then also missed another nice chance by not shooting.
Overall, that was poor effort from Galchenyuk. Sure he had some nice moves, but he should have had a hattrick tonight. SHOOT THE PUCK. He seemed afraid to shoot the puck for some reason tonight. He had quite a few turnovers too, but none were costly. He was skating a playing hard, but couldn't get anything going. I'm sure only getting about 18-20 minutes of ice time wasn't exactly a good thing though.
Notes: Played RW with Boucher and Sarault... Didn’t take any FOs... Had 3 turnovers...
Nov 3rd 2012 @ Plymouth
Galchenyuk started out the game on a good note with a nice little tip pass in the neutral zone. On his first shift he forechecked hard and started shooting. He set the tone right away. He had a chance from in close but just barely missed the net, however it was on a bad angle. Galchenyuk's first goal came from him creating space with his incredible hands and then unleashing his wrist shot from in close. A very, very nice goal. By that time he already had fired 5 shots. The following shift he had a pass on the PP, but it wasn't converted. He was involved in a few scrums as well. On the PK he made a nice little spin pass his own zone to Sarault to kill time. Near the end he was continuing to forecheck hard and played the body very often. His first assist came off of a nasty toedrag around the defender and then a pass to Sarault who scored.
In the second, Galchenyuk was a bit quieter offensively. Sarnia was pinned in their own zone for almost half the period. He made a handful a good defensive plays over that time, including tying up someone who was driving the net, clearing the puck, and winning virtually every puck battle. However, he did have a bad turnover behind the net that almost led to a goal. Galchenyuk's second goal came off a very similar play where he deked around through the defender and buried a nice shot. He got a substantial amount of PK as well.
Galchenyuk started out the third excellently. He was forechecking very aggressively and created a ton of chances. He had an absolute rocket of a shot on net, but the accuracy wasn't quiet there as it went right at the goalie. He showed some great hands on the PP and also stole the puck after he lost it. Galchenyuk did have a stupid flip pass through the neutral zone that eventually led to a goal, however he was not on the ice at the time of the goal. He was set up beautiful to bury the hattrick, but fanned on his shot. Near the end of the third, when Plymouth was pressuring hard, Galchenyuk had a beautiful cross ice feed to Boucher who scored.
Overall, Galchenyuk had a fantastic night on the score sheet. However, I thought his best work tonight was in his own zone. He was matched against Noesen and Rakell, and did a great job containing them. He was shadowing Rakell all night and did a really great job. Rakell had his chances, but for the most part couldn't get anything going. Just a very impressive effort in his own end. I thought he was great offensively too, he had a ton of chances. He also played a very chippy game as he was frequently involved in scrums and played very aggressive. Truly a dominant performance. Galchenyuk played with a ton of fire tonight, it was great bounce back effort after a rough game.
Notes: Played RW with Moore and Sarault... Was 2 for 4 on the draw... Had 3 giveaways... Had 4 takeaways...
Points: 2 goals, 2 assists
Nov 4th 2012 @ Saginaw
Galchenyuk started out the game by stealing the puck and then drawing a high sticking call. It all went downhill after that. Sarnia was pinned in their zone the entire first period, but Barrick kept them alive. He had a nice play tying up his man who was in all alone in front of the net, but followed it up with a terrible drop pass. He couldn't get anything going and lost the puck a ton of times in the first.
Then the second rolled around and Galchenyuk decided that enough is enough and took over the game. He had an excellent shift in which he did all sorts of things with the puck. The next shift he used his hands to create space and then had a nice pass. The puck end up coming the other way, but Galchenyuk stole it back. He then had a nice pass to Sarault, who fed Basso to pick up his first assist. He had a stupid giveaway after he tried to get to fancy in the neutral zone. Later on he showed off some great hands by walking through the entire team. He also had a nice pass to DeAngelo. Galchenyuk's second assist came off a great play. He won the foot race and tipped the puck forward to Boucher and then they passed it back and forth until Boucher shot and buried it.
To kick off the third he lost the handle on the puck, but he finished his shift with a good scoring chance. His goal came off of a great shift. He weaved through the offensive zone and left the puck for Sarault. As the play went on Galchenyuk went to the front of the net and buried a beautiful feed from Sarault.
Overall, I though Galchenyuk was very good today. Every time he picked up a point you could have predicted it. It was how he controlling the play and moving the puck. Like the rest of Sarnia, he had an absolutely terrible first period. He also had an inexcusable give away. He didn't seem very interested defensively, but he had a few good plays in his own end. Poor effort at first, dominated the second, but cooled off in the third.
Notes: Played RW on a line with Moore and Sarault... Line became Boucher and Sarault half way through the second period... Was 2 for 3 in the dot... Had 3 takeaways... 3 giveaways
Points: 1 goal, 2 assists
Nov 9th 2012 @ Guelph
He started the first fairly quietly, he had a nice slapper coming across the blue line but had some trouble controlling the puck. Galchenyuk's line seemed to have no interest to play defence at all for a bit. They eventually tightened up after Guelph's second goal. His first real scoring chance came off of just a beautiful play. He attacked the defenceman who was holding the blue line and stole the puck. He skated up the ice and created a 2 on 1. He used a beautiful saucer pass to set up Boucher, but he hit the outside of the post. His first point of the night, came off of a pass Sarault pass to Basso that Galchenyuk just redirected towards to Basso. Basso carried to puck in a scored off a nice shot. Towards the end of the first he tried to take on the entire team twice. Once he tried to drive to the net, the second he just shot and it barely missed the top corner of the net.
Galchenyuk started the second excellently. He created chance right away by going to the net and setting up Sarault, but Sparks stopped it. He was also brilliant on the PP. He used his hands to create a ton of chances. He did however have a terrible turnover of a lazy pass that got intercepted as soon as the PP was over. On a separate PP he had a beautiful stretch pass to Sarault to start the breakout. Galchenyuk started the third period out fairly quietly. He didn't really have a lot on in the offensive zone until around half way through. He randomly two-handed someone after the whistle.
He was very solid in the third period defensively, he stole the puck a few times and did a good job blocking off passing lanes. At around the 7 minute mark he started taking over offensively. He had some nice moves to get through 3 players at high speed. He ended up scoring the GWG by stealing the puck behind the goal line and driving right to front of the net and shooting.
Overall, I felt he player a very good game. He was started out very quiet on both sides of the ice, but ended up picking up his defensive effort and the offense followed. Defensively he blocked the passing lanes very well and played the puck carrier aggressively. He won most of his puck battles with ease too. He played every forward position tonight and lined up for quite a few of draws. Offensively he had some great moments, a very good from Galchenyuk.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Played every position at various times in the game... had 2 giveaways... had 2 takeaways... 3 for 8 in the FO dot.... finished with 17:08 of ice time over 24 shifts...
Points: 1 goal (GWG), 1 assist
Nov 11th 2012 vs Sudbury
Galchenyuk started off the first period fairly quiet, he was moving his feet but couldn't get anything going. The first real chance that he created came off of a nice little behind the back pass to Boucher. His first goal came from burying the nice set up from Dundas. The goalie had absolutely no chance as Galchenyuk's shot was rocket. The next shift he almost scored again after positioning himself in the slot. He also had a sneaky pass to Boucher after winning a board battle behind the net. Very creative.
Galchenyuk came out flying in the second. He got robbed from in tight on the PP. He also showed off some good hands on the PP by opening up space. His next shift he battled hard along the boards, but eventually the puck came out. He looked really good that shift. Where he really impressed me in the second, was on the PK. He looked really good. He blocked passing lanes effectively and broke up two plays that lead to counter attacks. When the PK ended he had a beautiful cross ice feed to DeAngelo. Galchenyuk had an inexcusable turnover. Just absolutely terrible. He got way too fancy trying to hold the puck in on the blue line and the Wolves picked it up to create a 2 on 0. Nothing came out of it though. He came back with vengeance on his next shift though. He had a nice pass to Murphy in the neutral zone and then had a creative spin and shot play. It just missed the net high. At the end of the shift he intercepted the puck in the offensive zone and set up Boucher, however Boucher couldn't get his shot of quick enough. He got a slashing penalty at the end of the second.
In the third Galchenyuk had a nice little tip alone in front of the net, but it didn't go in. Very crafty. He also had a filthy pass to Duininck on the PP. His assist came from a nice play where he moved up from beside the net and used his good hands to create some space, he lost control of the puck but it slipped to Boucher who buried it. He had a glorious chance on a breakaway, but couldn't bury as his stick was slashed. On the next shift, he missed an open net on a 2 on 1 with Boucher. Galchenyuk was very good at the end of the game when Sarault took a penalty. He won a very important FO and broke up a pass.
Overall, that was very good game from Galchenyuk. He looked great in his own zone, but he had a terrible turnover. He had quiet a few chances and created a ton himself. I would have to see a more consistent effort from shift to shift, but he still looked very good nearly every time he was on the ice. I was impressed with offensive work tonight, but he defence stole the show. Strong game.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 4 takeaways... Had 4 turnovers... Was 3 for 5 in the dot... Logged 19:34 of ice time over 21 shifts...
Points: 1 goal, 1 assist
Nov 15th 2012 @ Barrie - Live Report
Galchenyuk showed off some really good skills in the first period. He was quiet for the most part, but I was really impressed with what he can with the puck. Watching him on TV doesn't to his hands. There was multiple times where he flipped he puck over the defenceman's stick just enough. He didn't flick it too high, just enough so the defenceman couldn't reach it. He also had some crazy good passes. There was one shift where he stole the puck twice on one shift. His saucer passes are beautiful. They just raise enough off the ice to go over the stick and made it on the tape almost every time. His teammates had no trouble whatsoever trapping his passes, really impressed. In the second Galchenyuk picked up his play. He was all over the ice and make some good plays. His first assist came from a pass to the point in which Connor Murphy blasted home. His puck skills are just unreal. I cannot stress that enough. In the third Galchenyuk had some really good plays. He went through the Colts multiple times and had some really smart plays. His second assist came off a beautiful stretch pass to Sarault who set up Boucher.
Overall, I thought Galchenyuk played a great game. Very solid in his own zone, made some good plays. He did have a few turnovers, but apart from those controlled the puck well and made good passes in his own zone. Offensively, he looked head and shoulders above everyone on the ice. His passes, the little flicks, how he pushed the puck forward. He was just incredible. Something that impressed me the most was his speed. He was the fastest player out there. He exploded out of his zone during the breakout. I was really impressed. His acceleration still isn't the best, but his top end speed was easily the best out there tonight. Good game, very impressed with Galchenyuk tonight.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 4 takeaways... Had 3 giveaways... 0 for 1 in the draw... Logged 17:03 of icetime over 21 shifts...
Points: 2 assists
Nov 16th 2012 @ Sudbury
Galchenyuk started off the game by flicking the puck over the net to get it out in front. It was a pretty play. He also used his slapshot for like the third time this year. It went all down hill from there. None of his passes on the PP connected. They were all hard or off target. He even completely missed his target multiple times. He also had a terrible read that resulted in Sudbury's first goal. Sarnia was a man down and Galchenyuk starts leaving the zone before they even gain possession.
In the second Galchenyuk started to pick it up a little. He got a partial break, but it was broken up by Corrado. He also set up Hottot for a partial breakaway, but again it was broken up. Around the 10 minute mark of the second he started to get frustrated. He start slashing more, giving players more stick work. He also start finishing his checks. On a 4 on 4, he was paired with Goldobin a looked great. He gained the zone with some great moves and speed and eventually passed the puck to Murphy who shot, and Goldobin tipped it in. Which gave him his only point of the night.
Galchenyuk started the third off as well. He had a good steal, and looked great on the PK. He killed some time by grinding it out behind the oppositions net and battled hard. He also had a nice pass to Kuzmyk. He still seemed frustrated as he was involved with Thibodeau quite a few times throughout the night. Galchenyuk had another terrible read in his own zone. All of his teammates were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, so Galchenyuk went the front of the net. He slowly crept forward, only to get beaten as the puck came towards him. The player caught him going the other way and the Sudbury forward was in all alone. Nothing came from that play though. In OT he had a beautiful pass from his own goal line to Goldobin who was at centre ice. He missed his shootout attempt. He lost the handle on the move that he tries every time.
Overall, he seemed very content grinding it out, playing without much flash. However, he also seemed content in not playing in his own zone. He was pretty bad defensively, made some bad reads. Good positioning on the PK though. Offensively, he was pretty quiet. Poor effort from Galchenyuk tonight, especially defensively.
Notes: Played LW with Sarault and Boucher... Had 2 takeaways... Had 2 giveaways...
Points: 1 assist
Nov 18th 2012 @ Sault Ste Marie
Galchenyuk did not play due to the flu.
Nov 22nd 2012 vs London
Galchenyuk's first point came off a beautiful saucer pass to Boucher. Wicked pass and a wicked shot, just a great play all around. There was two times in the period where passes went right by him, if he had his stick on the ice he would have been able to intercept them. I've never seen that happen to him before. He also had a bad read that resulted in a London goal. He was already turning around and started moving his feet towards the other end of the ice instead of attacking the puck carrier. However, that was the extent of the negative play. On the PP he pulled the puck back and tried to put it in the net. On that same PP he used his great hands to get off an (almost) impossible pass to Boucher.
In the second Galchenyuk had a nice end to end rush on the PP, but forced his pass. During the PK he had a turnover, but recovered nicely. Right after that PK, Galchenyuk had a flurry of chances, he got the puck shot, missed, picked it up and went around the net for the wrap around. He had a great play on the PP, where he walked into a group of 2 Knights, but somehow managed to come out with the puck, pretty awesome. His goal came off of that same PP, but with just a second left in the period. It was a beautiful wrister that went top shelf.
In the third, Galchenyuk picked up his play even further. He had a great shift to start off the period. He went around the net and protected the puck well, had a beautiful toe drag along the boards, and then deked the defender and made a great pass to Sarault. He had another great rush on his next shift. He did a great job protecting the puck at one point, and skated all the way from the blue line, to behind the net and at the top of circle before passing it off. With time running out he switched to a different position off the FO and immediately he got a great chance but using his great hands and firing off a shot. Sarault sent him a pass and Galchenyuk while getting hit launched off a great shot. It really showed off how quick his release is.
Overall, I thought it was an outstanding game from Galchenyuk. He had quite a few phenomenal passes that his teammates could trap. During the first two periods, it seemed like he was the only forward who decided to play. He looked... explosive tonight, his skating was awesome. I thought he was the best player on the ice tonight.
Notes: Played LW with Sarault and Boucher... Was 1 for 1 in the FO dot... Had 1 takeaway... Had 2 giveaways... Logged 18:44 of ice time over 19 shifts...
Points: 1 goal, 1 assist
Nov 23rd 2012 @ Kitchener
Galchenyuk started off the game playing hard. He finished three checks. Then he got way too fancy with the puck and turned it over in his own zone. He showed some great hands on the PP (like normal) and one particularly good play. The centre of the ice was open and he jumped right into it and dangled through 3 players and then made a nice pass. He was fairly engaged in the first, but struggled to control the puck at times.
In the second he was pretty quiet. His skill was very evident, with a ton of nifty dekes and passes. He had one particular nice spin and shoot play. He turned the puck over on the PP with a weird pass. He passed it right to the Kitchener player while looking right at him. Following that, he had a nice pass where he cut to the centre, deked the pants of the defender, and passed it to the point.
Galchenyuk's third period was terrible. He kicked it off with a horrible clearing pass that resulted in a great scoring chance for Kitchener. He did have a nice play where he stole the puck behind the net, and then went right to the net and somehow passed it to Boucher, but nothing came out of it. He also had a nice head fake/toe drag deke that put two Rangers of their butts, pretty awesome play. Then he made like three dumb passes to close out the period.
Overall, I don't want to talk about it. That was a terrible effort from Sarnia. Galchenyuk had a poor game, he turned over the puck a ton, but he did have some quality plays. Just a terrible game from everyone, and Galchenyuk was clearly frustrated with their performance.
Notes: Played LW with Sarault and Boucher... Had 2 takeaways... Had 6 giveaways... 1 for 1 in the dot... Logged 16:19 of ice time over 17 shifts...
Nov 24th 2012 @ Peterborough
Galchenyuk's first period was one of the best periods of hockey I've seen by a player in the OHL this year. He was incredible. A minute into the game he scored off a quick deke and rifling a backhander top shelf. Next shift he had a nice passing play with Boucher and Galchenyuk on his backhand again just missed the net. He had a pair of incredible passes to Boucher on the PP. One was right in the slot, the next was down low but Boucher fanned on it. The same shift he set up Sarault after cutting to the front of the net and a filthy backhand pass for an assist. To close out the period he had a nice play where he carried the puck across the blue line and then slowed down and toyed with the opposition while he waited for space to open.
Just like in the first, Galchenyuk wasted no time picking up a point in the second. He got an assist just 24 seconds in on the PP. He passed the puck from the boards to Murphy. Murphy passed to Sarault who passed back to Murphy who blasted it in the net. He had a nice steal behind the net later on in the period, and also had a nice pass interception. On the PP that period, his passes were all crisp and accurate. He made a ton of nice passes.
In the third Galchenyuk was a bit quieter, but that could be attributed to less ice time as he was great every time he was on. He a pretty funny sequence of events where he tipped a shot wide, then the puck came to the blue line and he was all alone and then the puck got tipped wide off his stick again. Eventually the puck found it's way to Boucher who scored a weird goal. He also picked up a slashing penalty (coinciding), but I'm not sure either player deserved a penalty there. To close out the game he had a great chance in front of the net, but couldn't bury it.
Overall, I thought he played a fantastic game. He had a great first period, but slowed as the game wore on. He got a bit lucky on some of his points, but he had a great game overall. I liked how willing he was to slow down the play and then pick up the pace right after that. Also, he seemed very confident in his backhand, I don't recall ever seeing him use it that much this season.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 2 takeaways... Had 3 giveaways... Was 1 for 2 in the FO dot... Logged 17:54 of ice time over 18 shifts... Picked up 2 PIM for slashing...
Points: 1 goal, 3 assists
Nov 30th 2012 vs Saginaw
Galchenyuk start off the game with an assist just a minute in. He made a nice pass from the circle to Boucher who sniped it, but after that it started going downhill before coming up again. He did a nice job along the boards, but got caught napping as the puck came out and Saginaw scored from a point shot that got tipped in. Galchenyuk had a few defensive miscues as well. He had a multiple "just-missed" passes. Either too far back or too far ahead. One of them was particularly bad, it was on a scoring chance and he lightly passed it to the defender. That was about the end of his struggles for the night as he picked up his play immediately after. His line had a great passing play, including a quick one-touch pass from Galchenyuk, and then he drove the net and almost put it in. He also came flying down the ice to jump on the loose puck and make a nice pass.
In the second Galchenyuk carried his momentum from the last 5 minutes of the first or so. He had a few nice chances in close but couldn't bury them. He back checked hard all period and did good work along the boards. He had one particularly great shift. He intercepted a pass and then tried this crazy, awkward looking pass that no one was able to pick up, and then he came flying down the wing and got a nice chance. A few seconds later he set up Sarault, but he rang it off the post. The next shift he picked up his second assist. He used his great hands and strength in unison to gain control of the puck multiple times in succession before the puck came to Boucher who completed the trick. He had a filthy move (I'm becoming desensitized to these because he does them like 4 to 5 times a game) where he went around the defender and got a great chance.
In the third, Galchenyuk was a bit quieter. He lost of the puck in the offensive zone and it lead to a goal, not entirely his fault though, he was for the most part a harmless looking play. He had a great scoring chance at one point in the second. He was floating in the neutral zone and his team was pinned in there zone, and he decided to come back and help out. He got the puck out immediately and got a great scoring came from it. Galchenyuk picked up a goal tonight from in tight from the side of the net. A goal that he's been robbed on a large amount of times this season.
Overall, I thought he played a solid game. He was a consistent offensive threat all night, defensively he was not. He had a great second period in which his back checking reminded me of Marian Hossa, but other than that he was pretty lazy. I'm starting to notice a trend. The games where he creates the most chances, are all him. He has a great game in his own zone and most his chances come from the counter attack. Point is he has to be more consistent in his own zone, he looks better offensively when he's great in his own end. Tonight he was solid, he could have been better though, but you can't complain with a 7-4 whipping and 3 points.
Notes: Played LW with Sarault and Boucher... Had 4 giveaways... Had 3 takeaways... was 2 for 2 in the FO dot.
Points: 1 goal, 2 assists
Dec 1st 2012 @ Peterborough
To start the game Galchenyuk looked fairly tired and wasn't moving much, but after that first shift he found his groove. His next shift he had a beautiful sequence of events. He used his incredible hands to set up Sarault, but he just missed the puck. As the play came the other way he stole the puck and then cut across the ice, deking out the defenders, and sniped it five-hole for his first goal of the night. He did however have a terrible drop pass on the PP that went right to Petes forward.
In the second he looked awesome too. He stole the puck on the PK and passed it Boucher who missed what should have been a goal. His positioning on the PK tonight was fantastic, too. He picked up his second goal of the night by throwing the puck in front of the net and it deflected off a Petes player and in the net.
Galchenyuk completely took over the third period, even more so than the previous two periods. He started it off with a beautiful pass and creating space with his hands. He picked up his only assist of the night, by setting up Boucher for the easy goal. It was an incredible pass. With time running out of the game he picked up his play further. He did a fantastic job protecting the front of the net, but eventually Sarnia got scored on as the defenceman were completely out of the position. The next shift he did a great job in front of the net again, he won a board battle but then cleared the puck right to a Pete who kept it in play. Galchenyuk went over and blocked the proceeding shot, eventually cleared the puck again. Sarault won the ensuing foot race and then board battle with Koekkoek and with some flash, passed to Boucher who scored. I felt Galchenyuk should have gotten an assist on that, but it doesn't really matter. He completed the hattrick going to the front of the net and Sarault set up him for the easy tap in.
Overall, I thought that was one of Galchenyuk's best games this year. His linemates looked tired all night and they still ended up with 6 points between them. I think that's pretty telling of how good he was tonight. Defensively, he was phenomenal tonight. Made plenty of great plays. He stole the puck, had great positioning and won virtually every puck battle he engaged in. I've been critical of his defensive effort and physical game in the past, but tonight he looked great in both of the aspects. He used his body very effectively, especially in his own zone.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 3 takeaways... Had 2 giveaways... Didn’t take any FOs... Logged 22:12 of ice time over 24 shifts... On December 12th Galchenyuk was awarded an assist for the play mentioned in the 3rd period...
Points: 3 goals, 2 assists (1st career 5 point night)
Dec 2nd 2012 @ Oshawa
Galchenyuk's first shift was a little rough. He had trouble controlling the puck and was mindlessly skating around without much attention to detail. He then scored off a wicked shot on the PP. That gives him four straight games with a point in the first five minutes (3G, 1A). The game started to get chippy after that, and Hughes even took a run at Galchenyuk. However, he just bounced off and Galchenyuk just kept skating like nothing happened. He had a beautiful pass to Boucher in the neutral zone, showed off some great vision. Throughout the first he struggled a bit defensively. He seemed to get caught up running around after the puck, especially on the penalty kill.
In the second, Galchenyuk played better defensively. As the game picked up intensity he slowed the pace back down every time he went on the ice. He was a calming presence. He had a nice clear on the PK. He came twice to adding another goal two times. One he got robbed on the doorstep and the other it took a funny bounce and he couldn't handle it. He also had a nice behind the back pass in the neutral zone. Galchenyuk had a great rush on 4-on-4 and then used his laser of shot and generated a huge rebound. He could have prevented a goal by simply tying up Sabourin, but he reacted too late. On the PK later in the period, his positioning improved quite a bit and started reading the passing lanes better. He almost got anoter goal late in the second from a terrible angle but it went right through the crease.
The intensity of the game picked up even further, and Galchenyuk's game did too. Galchenyuk almost had another goal on the PP, but couldn't bury it. On that same PP he did some great work along the boards to dig the puck out and create a chance. As time was running out on that power play he got too fancy and turned the puck over to Jenner attempting to hold the zone. Galchenyuk had a filthy feed to Sarault behind the net and behind the back, but Sarault couldn't finish what seemed to be a sure goal. As time was running out in the third he really started to pick up his back checking, he was draped on one of the Generals for his shifts. He broke up a couple of plays by doing it too. With just seconds remaining he had a solid body check along the boards, knocking the player over. He also had a chance at the empty net, but realized it was going to get blocked so he dumped it in instead.
Overall, I really liked his game tonight. He had a plethora of chances, but couldn't quite bury them. I really was pleased with how he handled himself on the ice. As the intensity picked up, he become a calming presence on the ice and really seemed to settle down his team, which would be why he seemed to have play half of the third period. Defensively, he had some struggles early on, specifically with Jenner, but eventually tightened up as the game wore on. Solid game from him. I caught a large amount of OHL games this weekend (thanks pvr) and I think Galchenyuk should win Player of the Week.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 2 giveaways... Had 1 takeaways... Was 4 for 5 in the dot... Logged 21:37 of icetime over 23 shifts...
Points: 1 goal
Dec 6th 2012 @ Saginaw
Galchenyuk started off the game fairly quietly. He didn’t seem alert and seemed to be a bit sluggish. He did have a nice steal in the offensive zone, but followed it up with a sloppy pass to Boucher. Then, Galchenyuk turned it all around. At the end of a penalty kill he stole the puck at the blue line and then gloved it down. He did lose the ensuing footrace, but just barely. Next shift he came flying down the wing and deked the defender out and drove it to the net, a very powerforward-esque move. He had a beautiful pass right on the tape of Sarault’s stick, but nothing came from it. At the end of the period he took a penalty for high-sticking. Defensively, I thought he was alright. He looked a little bit tired and didn’t seem interested at times. Like always, his positioning was very good though.
In the second, Galchenyuk carried his momentum from the mid of the first period. He had a nice pass, but then followed it up with a bad one because he didn’t engage himself along the boards quick enough. He had a nice behind the back pass along the boards to start the breakout. He’s really starting to look more comfortable on the wing, he’s driving the net and making better, more crisp passes from the wing than he has been in the past. His first goal of the night came from a beautiful snipe on the PP. He was down low and got the puck and got his shot of very quickly. One of the best shots I’ve seen this year. Next shift, Galchenyuk cut across the ice using his great speed and hands, but ended up skating into a group. However he did come out with the puck. He also has started using his slapper more often. That shot is a rocket, he came down the wing at one point and unleashed his shot. It just missed high. He did have some bad plays at the end of the though. He couldn’t trap the puck when he skated by it, couldn’t receive a pass on a 2-on-1 and forced a pass on the PP. Sometimes I feel he has to be more selfish, especially games like tonight since Sarault could had some struggles with the puck and I have no idea if Boucher actually played or not.
Galchenyuk continued to pick up his play and had a fantastic third period. He had another picked shot on the PP from an eerily similar spot as the first goal. He had a nice clear on the PK that led to a scoring chance for Sarnia. He had one particularly great shift. He made a fantastic pass, the recipient was covered but Galchenyuk still managed to the tape. Then he drove to the net and wrecked havoc in front. He almost got a goal from that. He also had a great pass after deking out two defenders down low, but the pass didn’t make it to its intended target. Galchenyuk also showed off that killer saucer pass with a beautiful one to Boucher on a 2-on-1. With time running out he made a solid hit, but he did have a really stupid behind the back pass right at his own blueline. He picked up his second point and first assist of the night with a pass to Basso on the empty net goal.
Overall, I thought Galchenyuk played a solid game. His game steadily picked up as the time went on. He’s putting together quite a good streak of solid games now. I thought he defensive game was pretty solid tonight too. It wasn’t his best performance, but it was good. He made some weird plays, but backchecked hard and positioned himself great. For the most part, I feel that he does what’s asked of him defensively and a bit more, but I’d like to see him go above and beyond in that aspect with more consistency.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 2 giveaway... Had 3 takeaways... Was 0 for in the dot (kicked out once)...
Points: 1 goal, 1 assist
Dec 7th 2012 vs Windsor
Galchenyuk had a rough first period to say the least. The play that epitomized his first period was catching an edge when he got the puck and falling face first. None of his passes seemed to connect and for the most part seemed very forced. He tried to do plays that just weren’t there. He started the frustrated near the end and started driving the net harder.
In the second Galchenyuk wasn’t any better. He started it off with a very sloppy pass to Boucher. Then another sloppy pass to Boucher that wasn’t anywhere near him. However, he did have a beauty feed cross ice and then I nice like drop pass on the PK. He followed that up with a terrible drop pass that wasn’t anywhere close to its intended target. If Galchenyuk continues to try those drop passes fifteen times a game like he is now, he is going to get picked apart at the pro level. He gets away with a lot of those stupid passes in junior, but he won’t in the NHL. He has to tone them down a bit and work on keeping it simple.
Good news, Galchenyuk picked up his play substantially in the third. He had a great pass and then drove straight to the net. He drove the net continually throughout the period. He drove it hard too. He then had a beautiful feed to Boucher. Again though, he tried those drop passes again and they just didn’t work at all. Even during his best games he tries them and they don’t work all the time.
In overtime Galchenyuk had a great opportunity. Goldobin (yeah him! The guy who he should be centring) deked through the team and made a pass to Galchenyuk, but it got caught in his skates. Galchenyuk also had a nice pass to Sarault right down the centre of the ice. In the shootout he had a beauty goal.
Overall, it was a rough outing for Galchenyuk. It was bound to happen though. He looked sluggish at times and seemed disinterested in playing actually hockey. He was far more concentrated on making fancy passes than he was playing defence. I liked how he was clearly frustrated though and started taking it out in the Spitfires crease though.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 8 turnovers... Had 1 takeaway... 0 for 1 in the faceoff dot... Logged 27:50 of ice time over 23 shifts...
Points: 0, 1/1 in SO
Dec 9th 2012 vs Sault Ste Marie
Like normal, Galchenyuk had a quiet first few shifts. Getting a feel for the game and such. After that though, he never looked back. In the first he wasn't particularly incredible offensively, but his defensive play made up for it. He had a great chance in front of the net, but got tied up. On the other end of the ice he made used his body extremely well to gain possession and followed it up with a blocked shot. He looked really good defensively. Galchenyuk made some great reads and used his body very effectively. I've noticed in the past couple of games he's starting to finish his checks more often and use his body to his advantage more often. He also had a few great chances later on in the period. He had a great rush and then unleashed that wrist shot that we've all come to love. He also had a beautiful toe drag and pass down low on the power play. On that same power play he made a great where he came from the goal line and worked his way all the way to the top of the slot where he made a nice pass. On the period at the end of the period he made a create play knocking the puck down in mid air and it resulted in a chance down the other end.
Galchenyuk kicked off the second with a great job on the penalty kill. He also hit Gudbranson very hard along the boards in the offensive zone. Galchenyuk followed up his hard work with a great scoring chance. He parked himself in the slot but couldn't bury it. Unfortunately, that was a trend throughout the night. He seemed very snakebitten. Off the faceoff he switched positions and fired off two quick shots in succession on goal. Galchenyuk started to get flashier as the game wore on. He made a wicked pass after some great stickhandling. He also had a nice behind-the-back clear on the penalty. Galchenyuk eventually got the puck after his clear and went all the way around the net, protecting the puck, and then passed it out killed time on the clock. He followed that up with an insane between the legs move around the defender and went right to the net. He didn't score, but wound up right in the slot all alone but got robbed. His shot was so hard, you could barely see it in the slow-motion replay. To close the period he did a really good job protecting the puck behind the net. I really liked that part in his game tonight. I find he tends to rely on his hands to protect the puck a little too much, but tonight he used his speed and size to do that. It was very effective.
In the third, Galchenyuk got robbed point blank after Sarault stole the puck and he picked up he rebound. That same shift he had a great steal along the boards and made a good feed to the point. Later on he dangled through the entire team like it was no big deal whatsoever. He made it look so easy. He also had two great chances in tight. He was in front of the net all night. He sat on the doorstep and got some great chances, that's what will make him a successful goalscorer at the next level. Galchenyuk worked some magic on the powerplay (like normal) and connected a brilliant cross ice feed to Sarault. Galchenyuk's goal came from an incredible toe drag around defender along the boards and then a wicked wrist that beat the goalie between the blocker and the pad. To close out the game he made some good defensive plays and backchecked hard.
Overall, I thought Galchenyuk had a great bounce back game. He was very solid in all three zones tonight. I especially liked how he used his body and went to the net. Defensively, he was great. I liked his work in his own zone tonight more than his work in the offensive zone. He cleared the puck, battled hard, and always was applying pressure. I really like how hard he attacks the points on the penalty kill. He'll be a key piece on our penalty kill in the future.
Notes; Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 1 turnover... Had 3 takeaways... 1 for 2 on the draw... Logged 24:58 of ice time over 21 shifts...
Points: 1 goal
Dec 14th 2012 vs Guelph
Galchenyuk started off the game well I though. He made a nice pass with no space at all. His net shift he showed off some great hands then unleashed his shot, and then got hit behind the net. On the PK he had a great sequence of events. He stole the puck and carried it the other way. He shot the puck and it came right to him so he shot again, but nailed it off the crossbar. There was one particular sequence where he was great defensively, he tied his man up and protected the net well. However, for the rest of the first period he looked tired defensively. Often got caught up chasing the puck carrier and eventually slipped behind, essentially rendering himself useless. On the PP near the end of the period, he had a terrible cross ice feed, but then followed it up with a creative between the legs pass in front of the net. I really like, especially on the power play, how he goes to the front of the net. He looks very comfortable drifting from the corner, right to the front. His strength, skill, and size really make him hard to contain in front.
In the second Galchenyuk started out fantastically. He was playing the point of the PP and made a great little pass. He got the puck back and rifled a shot topshelf. Right after that goal, for about 10 minutes, he really struggled though. He didn't protect the puck with his body and lost it quite a few times. He looked lost defensively and did nothing with the puck. However, he made a great pass to Boucher. He then went right to the net where he made a nice little spin pass in traffic to Sarault from an easy goal. I still find that he does not protect the puck well enough with his body. It's not that he doesn't do it well when he does it, but for the most part I find he relies on his hands a bit too much.
Galchenyuk's third period was a bit worse. He had made some nice moves in the offensive zone, but then followed it up with a lazy pass. Eventually he dug the puck out and then made a pass. That pass lead to Murphy shooting the puck and Galchenyuk tipping it in. It was a great deflection. I don't think I've ever seen him score one of those before. Defensively, again, he looked tired and got beaten fairly easy. His positioning was good, but not as good as it normally is. I've mentioned it in the past, but his best defensive effort comes when he's playing centre. I think it has to do with the fact that he's required to be better defensively, so he can't get lazy and cheat like he can when he's on the wing.
Overall, I felt it was a fairly good performance from Galchenyuk tonight. He looked great at times, but wasn't consistent in that. It's been a bit of an issue all year with his shift-to-shift consistency, but it's not something to worry about. Defensively, he didn't have a particularly good game. Looked tired and seemed a lazy at times. He was fantastic in the faceoff dot tonight though. I think he went 4 for 4.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 3 takeaways... Had 4 turnovers... Went 4 for 4 in the dot... Logged 21:46 of ice time over 23 shifts...
Points: 2 goals, 1 assist
Dec 15th 2012 vs Kingston
Galchenyuk started off the first period fairly quietly. Not much going on his first two shifts. Then he stole the puck the PK and never looked back. At all. He created a ton of chances every shift. He made a few fancy dekes but none of them worked. Well he actually got the puck around the defender, but the defender played the body. He started getting chippy and was dishing out slashing a ton. He made a great pass from the corner to Boucher who was in the high slot, but it bounced right off of his stick. A typical Boucher pass reception. I swear he tries to one time the puck every time he gets a pass. I noticed that he was sitting in front of the net for a good chunk of the game. That's what you need to do to score in the NHL. He picked up his first goal by streaking in picked up a pass and went forehand, backhand and slid in it past the goal. It was his first shorty of the year.
Galchenyuk didn't waste any time in the second by scoring just over a minute in. Similar play as his first goal. He came down the wing and Sarault made a wicked pass and Galchenyuk went forehand backhand for his second of the night. He was finishing his checks all night. He's really becoming more consistent in his finishing his checks. It seems like his best games are when he wants to rub people out along the boards. He did get a tripping penalty though, but it was more unlucky than undisciplined. He had one particularly awesome shift this period. He tried to break through two defenders but couldn't quite. Then he tipped a chance in front of the net and almost scored on a wrap around right after that. Eventually the puck came back into his zone and started a nice passing play. He passed to Sarault who set up Boucher for an easy goal. He finished off the period with a great chance in tight on the power play.
In the third he slowed down. Just kidding. Galchenyuk made a great pass to Sarault, but he completely whiffed on it. Then he almost laid a massive body check in the neutral zone, but the player side stepped him. He picked up his hattrick with a wicked shot after cutting into the slot. He then got an assist by passing it Sarault who passed to Murphy. Murphy hammered the puck from the point. To close out the game he had a brilliant no look pass to Boucher.
Overall, I felt this was one of, if not Galchenyuk's best, games this year. He dominated every shift. Every single time he on the ice he created a ton of chances. Just brilliant tonight. Defensively he didn't have to do much as the puck wasn't in Sarnia's end a whole lot. His positioning was good like normal, but didn't back check very hard, especially in the third. Not really a concern as he had 5 points.
Notes; Played LW on a line with Sarault and Boucher... Had 3 takeaways... Had 1 giveaway... Was 4 for 4 in the dot... Logged 16:31 of TOI over 22 shifts.
Points: 3 goals (3rd career hattrick), 2 assists (2nd career 5 point night)
December 28th 2012 vs Brampton, December 31st 2012 vs London, January 1st 2012 @ London, (January 4th 2012 vs Windsor, January 5th 2012 @ Erie, January 6th 2012 @ Niagara)
All the games mentioned above were missed due to the 2013 World Junior Championship.
WJC Pre-Tournament - Dec 20th 2012 vs Sweden
Galchenyuk started out the game fairly quietly. He had a dumb between the legs drop pass to no one after making some very good moves to create space for himself. He was exceptional along the boards all night. Especially in his own zone in first period. He won a battle and then the puck went down the other way and won another battle along the boards. He was great on the power play as well. He made a great pass after rushing the puck while being covered by two Swedes. He backchecked hard tonight too. You have to think that’s because the system is completely different. In Sarnia they play a run-and-gun style and it seems Beaulieu allows Galchenyuk to cheat a bit. Not much of that here. It could be due to the stricter system or maybe just him trying to make an early impression. Something to keep an eye out for the rest of the tournament.
In the second Galchenyuk picked up the pace. He increased his intensity and played hard. He made a great rush in which he walked through the entire team, Malkin-esque. Then he got the puck after flying down the wing and went forehand, backhand, but couldn’t quite bury it. He threw the puck to the front of the net and eventually got it back and tried to go between the legs shot. On the powerplay he made a large number of good passes. None of those cross ice ones, but simple passes that really showed how effective his deadly combination of size, skill and reach really is. He also had a great give and go with Lucia and then carried the puck right to the net. Backchecked hard this period as well. Finished it off with a nice backhand saucer pass. One thing that I noticed is he didn’t play the body at times that he should. One in particular if he challenged the Swedish defender, he most likely would have come out with the puck, but instead he skated past him and behind the net.
Galchenyuk went a bit quieter in the third. He appeared to not get as much ice time, which is understandable. He got a hooking penalty, which wasn’t bad per say, but he did get a little too aggressive. On the penalty he was very aggressive. While he did do a good job of blocking the passing lanes, he got burned more than a few times. I have a feeling that’s going to be a trend on the larger ice. On the small ice he can simultaneously attack the puck carrier and block the passing lane, but with more room on the ice he’s going to have to be aware of that and tone down his play. He made a few great passes on the power play, including a beautiful one from his trademarked corner.
Notes; Played LW on a line with Kuraly and Lucia... Took two shifts on a line with Trocheck and Barber... Had 2 takeaways... Had 1 giveaway... Was 2 for 2 in the draw...
WJC Pre-Tournament - Dec 22nd 2012 vs Finland
Galchenyuk didn’t really get a whole lot of ice time throughout the game. In the first he was played his best hockey before tailing off. He had a few solid body checks in the first, he battled hard along the boards too. He drew a penalty by driving the net. He also had a great rush, but it was uncharacteristically offside. He also got flattened behind the net, which doesn’t often happen.
In the second he was very quiet. He did make a few nice moves by stickhandling. He also hung around the net all night. He crashed the net and wreaked havoc. I noticed that his passing was poor today. They were all high and way too powerful. All his teammates had trouble controlling them.
Despite the lack of ice time, Galchenyuk did start to play a bit better in the third. He had a solid check from good forechecking. On the same shift he was also backchecking hard and tied up his man in front of the net. Again, the recurring theme was his poor passing. All of his passes were high and too powerful. On the power play he had a nifty play. He was racing after a loose puck and the defender was right behind him. Galchenyuk waved his stick back and forth and threw in a couple of head fakes, the defender ended up going the wrong way and Galchenyuk had a ton of room to work.
Galchenyuk wasn’t really bad, but he was very good either. He was pretty quiet for the most part, but had a few good plays here or there. He bad passing was inexcusable today though, he cannot be play like that when the games matter.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Trocheck and Barber... Was 2 for 3 in the draw... Had 1 takeaways... Had 2 giveaways...
WJC Round Robin - Dec 27th 2012 vs Germany
The US struck early, just a few seconds in. Galchenyuk picked up the pass and pushed it to Barber, who passed to Karuly. Karuly deked the goalie out and scored. Galchenyuk had a rocket of a shot on the powerplay, the goalie noticeably had trouble controlling it. He worked his way from the corner and went all the way to the point using his great hands, but the back door pass was far too powerful. He also had an awesome chance in front the net, but couldn’t quite bury it. After that shift he picked up a goal. He got the puck from the bottom of the circle, stole the puck back, went to the point, cut down to the high slot and unleashed a wrist shot bar down. It was a beauty. He also drove the net on the power play hard. Similar to last game, his passes seemed to be hard and high. However, that didn’t continue throughout the night.
Similar to the first period, the US struck early. This time though Galchenyuk was more instrumental in it. He forechecked hard, and eventually the defender lost an edge and Galchenyuk picked up the puck. He put the to the front of the net where Barber was able to bury it. He made a few good passes this period, including a pair from that right hand corner in the offensive zone that he loves. Galchenyuk did have bad rush on the powerplay. He carried the puck up from his own goal line, but turned it over at the offensive blue line. Near the end of the period he got a fantastic chance. He was alone beside the net but couldn’t bury it, he then passed it and Barber got absolutely robbed in tight.
In the third, Galchenyuk got barely any ice time as his team was hammering Germany. He did have a turnover behind the net, but it didn’t result in anything as he was in the German zone. He had a nice quick shot on goal and then got involved in a scrum with 6’9” Oliver Mebus. They both picked up rough penalties. He finished the game with a strong shift in which he forechecked hard and made a few good passes.
Galchenyuk played a fantastic game. The best game out the pre-Tournament games and this one. He was strong on the puck and was very aggressive. He played hard and showed off his skill. Defensively he didn’t do much as the puck was in the offensive zone every time he was on the ice.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Karuly and Barber... Had 2 takeaways... Had 2 giveaways... Was named US Player of the Game...
Points: 1 goal, 2 assists.
WJC Round Robin - Dec 28th 2012 vs Russia
Galchenyuk started the game off pretty good. He had a solid first period. He had a nice cross ice pass at the top of the circle and then drove the net. Next shift he had a solid check in the corner to win possession. He had one great shift where he made a good cross ice pass, used his body well along the boards, and then drove the net hard. He finished the period by going hard to the net. All his passes were crisp and on the tape, something that has been lacking this tournament. Unfortunately, that did not continue as he got considerably worse every period.
In the second Galchenyuk was up and down. He had a nice pass and then had a great rush on the powerplay, but his shot got blocked. He looked really good along the boards on that same powerplay. Still on the same shift, he made a pair of just terrible passes. A bad cross ice one, and then completely missed Trouba who was the on point. He did finish that powerplay on a good note though, he drove the net hard, earning the praise of the commentators. He had a weird looking behind the back pass, but over skated the puck as it came up the ice. He picked up his first and only point of the contest with a decent shift. He had a hard shot that just barely missed the net. Then he passed the puck to Trouba, who hammered it in the net. He finished off the period with a pair of terrible passes. His passing really seems off.
His third period was just awful. He did absolutely nothing with the three shifts that he had. He made a bad turnover and his passing was just plain awful. Not much to write about here.
Galchenyuk had a great first period, alright second, and awful third period. He’s really struggling with his passes. They all seem to hard and high, or even off their target completely. It could be the larger ice surface.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Kuraly and Barber... Played one shift on a line with Trocheck and Biggs... Had 1 takeaway... Had 2 giveaways...
Points: 1 assist (PP)
WJC Round Robin - Dec 30th 2012 vs Canada
Galchenyuk was almost non-existent in the first period. He had a nice toe drag and then pass to Trouba. Followed that with a pass to the point after using his hands to create space, and after that he did nothing other than taking shots. He took two shots, both missed high. There isn’t really much to write about here, as he did nothing.
His second period started a bit better. Galchenyuk was forechecking and a bit more engaged in the play. He had a shot that wide of the rush and was buzzing that shift. Then it went all downhill. He did nothing. He was cutting to the slot fairly often, but not doing much with the chances he was creating. His teammates certainly were not helping as they had no idea where Galchenyuk was an couldn’t keep up with him, but he has to be better.
Galchenyuk’s third period was bad other than the shift in which he got an assist and his last shift when time was ticking away. He did nothing other than those two times. He got an assist by making a nice rush and centring it. The puck came back for a 2 on 1 for Canada, Galchenyuk hustled back and picked up a pass. Galchenyuk carried it up the ice and made a nice pass to Trouba who scored. With time expiring he made numerous good passes. He also had a shot shot. With 30 seconds left, the puck came to Galchenyuk and it looked like a sure goal. But he whiffed on it like Reid Boucher.
Poor game from Galchenyuk. Simply put, he has to be more engaged. Blame his teammates or coaching, he isn’t playing good enough.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Karuly and Barber... Had 0 takeaways... Had 1 giveaway...
Points: 1 assist
WJC Round Robin - Dec 31st 2012 vs Slovakia
Galchenyuk started the game surprisingly well. He looked far more engaged and played harder. He had a hard shot on goal and eventually used his good hands to get around the defenceman. He drove the net too. After that though, it started going downhill. He had a terrible turnover after forcing a pass, the turnover lead to a breakaway. He picked up an assist by passing it Trouba who buried it in front of the net on the powerplay. It became apparent (as if it wasn’t already) that Galchenyuk, Barber and Karuly have no chemistry. Terrible passes, no idea where each other were going to be etc.
In the second period Galchenyuk played just a little over three minutes and he did absolutely nothing with that time. He turned over the puck and it lead to an odd man rush.
Galchenyuk played a bit more this period, but again did hardly anything with it. He had a nice toe drag, but lost the puck. He scored one timer goal on the power play.
I’ve been disappointed in Galchenyuk’s play this tournament. Not his production, because he’s producing better than expected, but his overall play is poor. He isn’t engaged hard enough, he seems to take shifts and not try. It’s weird because I’ve never seen him do that. Probably the worst game he’s played since his first one of the year.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Kuraly and Barber... Had 0 takeaways... Had 3 giveaways...
Points: 1 goal, 1 assist
WJC Quarter Finals - Jan 2nd 2013 vs Czech Republic
Galchenyuk, well still not getting a lot of ice time, played a much better game today. He started out with a nice behind the back pass to started the breakout. The following shift he had an rush. He got around one defender and tried to go between the legs, but couldn’t quite get past him. He intercepted a pass along the boards, which he promptly passed to the point. He also made a great pass from the corner to the point.
In the second, Galchenyuk’s game continued to improve. He started it with a solid body check. Then he made a nice pass off the rush. Following that pass, he went behind the net. He tried to feed Biggs, but it was blocked, Galchenyuk got the puck back and made a great pass to Biggs who shot it. He forechecked harder than he has all tournament. He looked good doing that and played more aggressively. He picked up an assist by picking up a pass from Barber, and then beat two defenders and passed it back to Barber for an easy goal. He also backchecked hard and a nice defensive play beside his ice. At the end of the period his picked up the puck and got around a few players, someone tried to check him and they just bounced off.
Again, in the third he continued to forecheck aggressively. He made an awesome play to get around Musil, but lost the puck as he came closer to the net. He backchecked hard and finally got rewarded for it. He picked up a loose puck and turned it around for a 3 on 1. He carried it up the centre of the ice and passed it Barber who got robbed. He did have a bad pass. Although Barber was looking the other way and didn’t have his stick on the ice. He also got run over by Hertl, who then promptly run over Connor Murphy. Galchenyuk left for line change and crosschecked Hertl, Hertl gave him about 4 punches and someone Galchenyuk got a penalty for it. On the powerplay he looked good. Good passing and screened the goalie for a bit.
This was Galchenyuk’s best game since the game against Germany. He looked far more involved in the play and worked hard. He did get a bit too fancy at times, but made good plays. He needs to continue to improve his effort at both ends of the ice.
Notes: Played LW on a line with Kuraly and Barber... Had 2 takeaways... Had 1 giveaway...
Points: 1 assist
WJC Semi Finals - Dec 3rd 2013 vs Canada
Similar to Galchenyuk’s last couple of games, he had a slow start. He did anything in his first couple shifts. His third shift he picked up his play though. He was all over Danault in the neutral zone, he eventually won the puck and sent it back down into the Canadian zone. He also went to the front of the net and caused a pill up. That led to a goal for McCabe. He finished the period with a hard shot.
He started the period with a nice shot on goal and a nice give and go play with Kuraly. He stood in front of the net all game, and looked good doing it. He had a steal in the neutral zone on the powerplay, but he lost the handle. He headed right to the net after that though. That same shift he had a good dump and chase play, which he won. He did good work along the boards as well. Defensively, he looked really good. Took Huberdeau out one shift.
In the third Galchenyuk continued his strong defensive play. He did a fantastic job down low, and then when the puck came to the point, he rushed the defender and forced the puck out of the zone. He made a beautiful stretch pass off the boards to Kuraly, but nothing came from it. Galchenyuk closed the game with an awesome shift with Gaudreau and Miller. He brought the puck to the net and shot, the rebound came out and Gaudreau missed what should have been an easy goal.
Overall, I really liked Galchenyuk’s game today. He took charge. He realized that he won’t be getting much ice time as an 18 year old, and will be more or less used as a grinder. So he started backchecking harder, participating in board work, and battling in front of the net more.
Notes: Played LW between Kuraly and Barber... Had 3 takeaways... Had 0 giveaways...
WJC Gold Medal Game - Jan 5th 2013 vs Sweden
Galchenyuk had a good start to the game, he drove the net and went after the puck. He followed that up with a good shift in which he carried the puck to the front of the net, and then later on made a nice deke and then shot the puck, but it went wide. Two shifts later he deked around the defender and then finished his shift by forechecking hard.
Carrying his momentum from the first, Galchenyuk made a nice pass to Kuraly in the neutral zone. Then he intercepted a pass lead a 3 on 2 rush, he made a good pass to Barber on it. Next shift he had a steal behind the net on the powerplay, but lost it again, before taking it back again. He then carried the puck up the ice. To close out the period Galchenyuk made a good pass and went to the front of the net with the puck, but lost the handle.
Again, Galchenyuk had a good start this period. He used his speed and heavy shot, but it got deflected before it reached the net. He made good rush, then a nice shot. On a 2 on 1, he choose to deke, but Sebastian Collberg came puck and stick lifted him. He tightened up his defensive game this period and made some good plays.
This was Galchenyuk’s best game since the game against Germany. He made a number of good plays, but couldn’t finish. His defensive game was excellent, but he was a bit too nonchalant at times. He backchecked hard and intercepted a few passes. His board work was good too. Offensively, he did a great job keeping the puck in the zone and killing off time.
Notes: Played LW on a line Kuraly and Barber... Had 2 takeaways... Had 1 giveaway... Logged 13:22 of ice time...
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