Alex Galchenyuk Thread 8.0 - "Time on Ice" Edition
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01-01-2013, 11:55 PM
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I respect you a lot as a poster but I feel that your comment about people not understanding what's going on as a little condescending which is strange 'cause you're usually not like that. Sorry, but people who will solely rely on stats, well that would be people I'd be targetting....not the ones who might have the "nerve" to pinpoint a couple of things even if the guy ends up #2 on the points total sheet.
Gally himself said that he had a terrible game. So are we solely going to say that he went the politically correct route? Why would he? They won big time! He didn't need to come down on him that way. So chances are, he wasn't satisfied with his game the same way some, aren't satisfied either.
And the funny thing about it is that while you are defending him, and have every right to be, you then say what I highlighted in bold.....which is probably in its entirety, the only think most people are saying right in their own way. What you said in there means that if he fixes that problem....if he takes charge, he would be more visible. Would show more dominance.
I am actually referring to him stepping up in situations when he is not on the ice. I think that given more time he would be more comftorable in demanding that his linemates look for him on the ice. He seems like a very nice, polite kid but as he matures he will realize that you can still be a nice person while being forcefull when the situation calls for it. If his linemates don't understand that they need to defer to him then they need to be told........this is not an easy thing for some kids to learn.
As far as his comments go, I agree that it was his worst game but it was the residual product of previous frustrations with his line. Confidence is a delicate thing and his was clearly starting to waver as he needs the puck on his stick to maintain that confidence. If Kuraly would do his job as a center and pass the puck to the most talented player on the team I doubt he ever loses confidence.
If you rewatch the games and put yourself in Galchenyuk's skates you will understand what is happening from his perspective. Too often the puck is on the side of the ice that he is not permitted to be on in this system. Alot of the problems that people are alluding to simply aren't correctable without Galchenyuk abandoning his positional responsibilities.
At the end of the day I am satisfied with what I see as it is clear that if he was paired with competent linemates who can get him the puck he is extremely dangerous.
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