Because prust is Awesome and galchy NEEDS him as his mentor right now.. and gallagher is hard working and young so they both will find eachother..
If we are going to draft a future star and build around him, dont put him on the fourth line, don't mix his lines up.. show him consistency and give him a hard working guy like prust..
Use the accountability thing for everyone else but galchy... You need to form galchy, not throw him into a dog eat dog environment where he will go up and down in emotion more than a 19 year old in montreal already goes through.
I'm sorry, but Prust as Galchenyuk's mentor? Prust is a hard worker which makes him a leader but I don't think you want your most skilled prospect mentored by a grinder. Gally has been playing with offensive players, I'm not sure what the problem is. If anything I'd like to see him play with Plekanec. Gally, Eller, Gionta looked very promising at the end there too.
The reason that line had such good +/- is because it was sheltered, and the results were hurting the Desharnais line. That line was only broken up after it stopped performing offensively.
Gallagher right now is on fire with Pacioretty, I have no idea why you'd even consder breaking that line up.
I thought Prust - Eller - Gionta looked good at the end of last game, Gionta probably had one of his best periods of the year with that line. Gallagher isn't getting moved off the Desharnais line anytime soon.
He might fit well with them but so is Gally, and Gally is our future. Would rather see how far that trio can go/develop their chemistry first before putting our eggs in the Ryder basket.
The two gallys are our future for sure. But Ryder is our PRESENT. He was traded for our best RW (last season) and will be UFA in July. Ryder must be put in a situation to produce and help the team right now. Usually coaches put their new player in the best situation to validate the trade.
Gallagher with Plekanec or Eller or Galchenyuk gonna work anyway. Two pint-size forwards on a same line is one too many.
Eller/Galchenyuk is a good combination because Galchenyuk plays best down the middle but Eller takes the faceoffs. They are both strong playmakers and I have a feeling once Ryder gets in the groove with them we'll be very happy with the results.
Gallagher is proving he's ready for the top six now. Love that kid. Keep him with Pacioretty, they work great together.
Personally, I really liked the way DD Patch and Gally were playing, as were Chuckie Eller (as usual) and Ryder although that got mixed up a bit. Pleks and Gio were going. Moen was makign good moves. I really dind't see a fwd line that I didn't like. The only problem with mixing in game is that communication errors can sometimes occur wrt picking up certain guys. Clearly Gally's line was the best and with such tenacity from #11 and Patches going to the net...great combo. DD played a terrific game and Prust is good on any line. I think Prust with Chuckie is great, but I'd leave Gally-DD-Patch until it seems like their size is limiting, which it might not be.