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09-24-2012, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by wedge View Post
he'll be fine. He's probably still rusty. Should quiet down the people who thought he would be NHL-ready, though...
Exactly. His timing is off due to the offseason, and him missing an entire season. The improvement over two games, even the improvement between periods, is incredible. The first game his skill was obvious, but he had delayed reactions, struggled stripping the puck off people, and often took too long to make a decision with the puck. The third period of yesterdays game was the best I've seen him play post-injury. His timing was good, he intercepted passes, engaged players at better times, and make better split-second reactions with the puck.

Honestly, I give it about 2 weeks before we start seeing him take over games. There's zero reason to be nervous people. Galchenyuk a great player with elite skills, and elite hockey sense. It takes time for these players to get in their groove, especially when they play on a bad team and missed a year.

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