Alex Galchenyuk Thread 8.0 - "Time on Ice" Edition
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12-31-2012, 09:13 PM
Bob b smith
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Regarding the US team... They have the Goaltending and the Defence to compete with the best. For example, Trouba and Gibson have been very impressive... But they just don't have the offensive firepower of the other top countries. That's been demonstrated by a completely impotent attack except against clearly inferior competition...
No one on the US team except Galchenyuk would even get a sniff in a Top-6 Forward role on Canada. And unless some players like Gaudreau, have brought their "C" game, none would even make the 3rd line. There's no RNH, Huberdeau, Strome, Schiefle, etc.. on the US team to play with.
Galchenyuk needs to manufacture plays from nothing. That's not an excuse for him. That's his lot for this tournament. He needs to learn how to operate under those less than optimal conditions.
As for Housley, he's been rolling 4 lines. He's not giving top-player minutes to Galchenyuk. He's likely trying to get 3 other forwards to develop offensive synergy and giving them enough icetime to get going. Then he hopes Galchenyuk can do something with their other 2 offensive forwards. He bets he has a better chance to win with this team by spreading the offence than concentrating all their offence on one line.
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