Alex Galchenyuk Thread 8.0 - "Time on Ice" Edition
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01-01-2013, 08:28 AM
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Then there's the question of which top Forward talent is doing consistently well in this tournament? RNH in Canada's group. Not much more... Many in the other group are also not playing well (haven't watched their games to comment). You have some players who have overperformed like Drouin but he had much lower expectations because of his age. Collberg is getting very good reviews but pre-tournament expectations were much lower.
Despite wanting to see more from Galchenyuk (I feel he needs to learn to produce in under optimal conditions), at the same time this tournament has helped convince me that I would pick him above Yakupov (who's having a disastrous tournament) and Grigorenko. From what I've read, Forsberg has not been a shining star either...
Good point that when you start looking at the rest of the forward group in this whole tournament.....it's rather quiet on that front. Though some will say that most Russia forwards are being extremely visible despite not being able to contribute more. Aaltonen could have been a real shining light but was injured. I think Scheifele and Strome have been noticeable though playing on a line with RNH...who wouldn't...though Huberdeau has had a tough time doing it despite his point totals. I like what Dano has done though playing on a weak team, expectations aren't there so it might be easier to do well. So all in all, this is the exact reason why I don't mention Galchenyuk as having a bad tournament. He doesn't. But I'd wish he'd be more visible against better teams....and be able to explode against Slovakia. That's all. And this is Galchenyuk we're talking about. A guy I had as our pick 6 months before draft day. A guy I had ahead of Grigorenko for quite some time. THE guy we HAD to pick and we will be happy having for the next 15 years. Not sure if that's clear enough but in a free world, you are allowed to discuss the play of one of your favorites even if it end up not being 100% positive. Gally isn't US biggest problem. But if they want to progress in this tournament, they will need him. Let's hope Housely sees the light and get him off Kuraly and Barber. But I don't see it happening with the last performance....
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