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06-21-2014, 09:52 AM
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David Thicke
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
A couple of things that keep coming up here that are myths...

1-that center is his "natural position", he hasn't played there in 3+ years when he was 16 in the OHL

2-that he needs to play center to develop, look at Kane Kessel Perry St.Louis Iginla Sharp Benn Parise Jagr who have all had great offensive careers playing on the wing or even ROR last year setting a career high playing LW despite being a center until that point.


Above all else Galchenyuk needs to make strides offensively, to be a 55-60 point guy or better, he isn't there yet. That is where his primary focus should be not learning faceoffs of defensive coverage as a center.
I agree with you about both your points but there is a difference between Galchenyuk and the players you mentioned. He does not have the same explosive acceleration yet that they all had coming into the NHL. He still takes longer to get to top gear which is important on the wings. He has the vision, creativity and playmaking(knowing when to shoot or pass off the puck) ability to be an excellent centerman but if he gains expllosion two-three step acceleration a la Pacioretty, would he not be a far more dangerous winger offensively from either side of the ice?

People are forgetting Galchenyuk in the last year and a half is developing at the NHL level, not in junior. He is just 20-years-old so let's be patience for the next couple of years as he gains more size, strength and experience. This kid has so much upside potential and the drive to get there. There's no rush to put him at center. Learn how to generate more offense and then how to defend and take face-offs in game situations. An injury to one of the other centerman (DD, Pleky or Larry) could always accelerate his being used more at the centerman position if needed but it is still too early. Ultimately it is Chucky who will determine if he can be an NHL centerman.

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