I bet Prust is so happy now too. He can play the grit game he likes and he's on a line with two very offensive-minded players. It's the perfect role for Prust, and it works out well for the two youngins'
He's playing the role of John Ferguson. Playing with and protecting top players on his line... I'm sure Prust loves this. It's much better than staged fighting against the other team's enforcer.
On topic. I think most people after Washingtons game, fell into "he has to stay" side. Yesterday just put the nail in the coffin. I believe there was nothing he would learn in Sarnia that he couldnt learn (and learn more) in the NHL. 48 games is actually BEST for him, since he gets to play right off the bat with high tempo hockey. 82 game season, I'm not sure he stays.
Dunno, kids these days don't listen to their parents, specially after 18 yrs old, forget about it.
But if that's what's best for him then be it.
That depends on his emotional attachments to his parents.
Kids that don't listen is because they've lost a good part of their emotional attachment to their parents and became more peer oriented at a young age.
It's no surprise that society has seen an overwhelming increase in peer orientation in the past 50 years, as parents have had to work increasingly more (work week up 135% in average in the course of the last 50 years), and modern life has become more stressful.
But, Galchenyuk seems to be part of the minority rather than today's norm.
I don't see how Gallagher gets that assurance. Granted, he has been very fine so far, but he's not in the same boat as Galchenyuk for assurances... if Gallagher gets in a rut, it's back to Hamilton for him, not the same as Galchenyuk.
IMO everything from Gallagher being kept as the 14th forward instead of simply being recalled, to being told he's sticking with the club is to keep his confidence high & prevent discouragement.
It would seem Therrien learned a great deal from coaching Crosby & Staal in their rookie year.