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09-27-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Grant McCagg View Post
Lineups can change in a hurry. Was anyone pencilling Gallagher in as a surefire top 9 player last fall?

Bournival may end up ahead of Bourque or Gallagher on the depth chart if he keeps outplaying them.

I have a funny feeling about Gallagher this season. Refs aren't giving him the benefit of the doubt when he gets knocked down..just the opposite, and he's really been getting manhandled. Ottawa showed in the playoffs that you could get away with quite a bit because he already had a rep as a bit of an embellisher.

He did not look that good in the preseason offensively, and that was playing with the same guys every game on a good line. I think he may suffer from the dreaded sophomore slump, and it would not surprise me to see him spend some time on the fourth line or even in the press box if he doesn't get it going offensively. Hopefully he was just snakebitten.

Anyway, Gallagher isn't surprising teams any more, and with the preponderance of small players in the Habs' top 9..Gally is going to have to produce or he'll lose his spot to Bournival soon enough. I wouldn't mind seeing a line of Chucky, Eller and Bournival some day...speed, size, smarts, good defensively.

If Bournival keeps playing like he has he will stay in the lineup, and move up eventually.
Maybe not surefire but certainly a strong candidate.

Gallagher came out as a top prospects for two years and was among the last being sent back.
He was also among the top scorers with the Dogs a few months later.

So expecting him to make the team was discussed.
Some were even suggesting to keep him for 9 games back in his first camp.

But nobody was expecting him, to my knowledge, the production he gave us in his first season.

He knows what he needs to do to get points. He will keep doing it.
Referees will keep giving penalties because he is being abused.
He will also learn a trick or two with Brière.

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