I think RNH, in his prime, will be a 30 goal, 55 assist player. Maybe once or twice eclipsing 90 points.
Galchenyuk on the other hand, may be a 30 goal, 45 assist player. Maybe a few times getting over 80 points.
On pure offensive stats, RNH has the potential to be one of the top in the league at one point. In the same class as Sidney Crosby, JT, Steven Stamkos... Galchenyuk will be in with the Kopitar, Toews and Kane's of the NHL.
I do think all-around game, Galchenyuk wins. He doesnt have the hockey IQ RNH has but he has sick passes, hard wrist shots and makes his teammates better. He is also already bigger than Nugent-Hopkins. Gally also plays penalty kill and the point on the PP. He is a more versatile and complete player.
So Gally wins in all around play, although he is also sick offensively.
So IMO, Galchenyuk will be a SLIGHTLY better player than RNH but I will say its a draw since Gally has to prove himself.
You say that Galchenyuk has sick passes, hard wrist shots and makes his teammates better. .
Of course one needs to note that Nugent-Hopkins is the better passer, has easily as good a wrist shot and most definitely makes everyone he plays with better.
You then say...He is also already bigger than Nugent-Hopkins. Gally also plays penalty kill and the point on the PP. He is a more versatile and complete player.
I will concede he is bigger. And while Nugent-Hopkins does not shy away from contact at all, Galchenyk will be the more physical player. As far as playing the point on the pp, I don't see how this is an advantage to Galchenuyk. I also doubt he would play the point in the NHL. But in any case, Nugent-Hopkins is tremendous on the pp. Regardless of ones preference, I doubt you would find many people in hockey who would not pick RNH over Galchenyuk on the pp.
I love Galchenyuk's game. Before the Oilers won the lottery, he is the guy I wanted most. But right now there is a pretty clear choice here and that is RNH.
Still RNH like others have said, he's improved vastly on his defensive game this year too while he was going through his injury. I see him being a potential 100 point player. Galchenyuk being a great player too.
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