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11-04-2013, 04:11 PM
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"DD is destroying Galchenyuk's development as a center" had a pretty strong backing.
With Gallagher and Pacioretty, he should be given the exact same opportunity.
If DD could be average in the role, why can't galchenyuk be that and more?
The only problem is Eller suffers on the 3rd line but as I said for the last while...It was never Eller vs DD. It was always DD vs Galchenyuk. Eller was never ever expected to take top 6 C position. With 3 points in last 12 games(1 as Vancouver into own net and the other as a deflection off galchenyuk's skate) there was little reason to keep the EGG line intact and if DD didn't suck, maybe galchenyuk would still be on the wing. At this point though, they are fast tracking but I really don't see the harm.
I actually think the PGG line can be very dangerous as soon as next game.
Of course, I'm assuming this line will be given some soft minutes at ES.
Galchenyuk is not a guarantee to get soft minutes which is a bit of a concern. Ideally you'd want Galchenyuk in DD's exploitation spot at C and Eller/Plek as top 6 going head to head vs opposition top lines. He already played tougher offensive competition on average than Desharnais has in his NHL career but it was at LW.
With DD out of the top 9 there is potential to give him easier D minutes since the other 2 lines don't need it as a base requirement to survive. Well that would be assuming he does get bumped off top 9...hard to believe it will happen without seeing it after he got the benefit of doubt despite going 45/46 games with 14 points with exploitation minutes/PP time/top linemates/etc post extension.
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