Fleury had speed to burn, lets not get crazy here..
Again, I clearly wrote several times in that post that I wasn't saying he's the next Fleury, just saying, they have similar styles. Though I agree, Fleury had an extra gear, but Gallagher's improved his skating compared to last year.
But again, i'm NOT calling him the next Theo Fleury...
At the game last night. I was impressed with Gallagher, Bournival up front. Lefebvre was also way more noticeable than prior games.
On the backend, I loved what I saw from Diaz. His ability to get his shot through was impressive. If he sees the lane is blocked, he loves the quick fake shot slide over and snap it on net. He is also a great skater.
Tinordi also showed some promise. Hoping for a huge year in London.
EDIT: And after seeing the practice D-Pairings this morning. Maybe Jacques was equally as impressed with Diaz?
Gallagher has nothing to do on the fourth line, its either second line role playing with offensive players or WHL
I agree Gallagher has nothing to do on the fourth, but I could see him on the third with the likes of Eller and AK, good offensive line who could play against almost every third line in the league and come out poisitive.
This is looking very good. Most of our top 9 seems primed, except maybe Plek, Gionta and Eller (the latter because I haven't seen him yet).
Cammelari seems poised, Cole is really trying to be a beast, Gomez is determined to bounce, Patch is being stellar, Desharnais made Buffalo sweat and Kostityn hasn't done a glaring mistake yet, but contributed quite well.
Plek seems slow to start but didn't looked like a liability. Gionta seems... Off. For now.
Gorges is back, Gill/Spacek are going to be serious support elements, Subban is Subban. Emelin proved he can play the system without being grossly out of place.. And he seems clever. I am sure he will have picked up all he needs within 15 games with proper linesmates.
Price finally awoken from his summer hibernation and will be as reliable as ever when surrounded by a real defensive Corp. Same with Budaj, who proved to be solid when taken with real morceaux de viandes (viandes Et bout d'ail, get it?). Our backup's worse game was when he was backed by a d-corps worse than Colorado's.
Can't wait to field a complete lineup. Markov back will be the cherry on the cake. The last flower to blossom is the most beautiful
While Eller's injured I would like to see a 3rd line of Gallagher - DD - Kostitsyn
I doubt it will stick but I think it would give us some good insight on how Gallagher could play against real NHL competition on a line with competent NHLers.
not only that, but it would give eller an extra 9 games, or ~21 days of convalescence. and gallagher most likely wouldn't look out of place although that line doesn't have as much defensive awareness as i'd like for a third line-
like PricePkPatch said: almost every player on this team is poised for a good/improved/great season, the only thing that can **** us is, as always, injuries.
Yup, sounds like a very accurate assessment. Other than experience, two factors Gallagher seems to be lacking so far is finish and a little bit of luck. It's understandable that he's yet to score, considering the wide gap in talent between junior and NHL-caliber goaltenders. And considering he's a player who's used to scoring countless goals for his respective WHL club, I can definitely imagine how frustrating it must be.