While he has a lot of will, I don't think he's on the level of Gallagher in that aspect.
Similar, but different players. Pageau plays with more finesse. Gallagher bulldozes his way through.
But you're right to say the similarity's better than with Desharnais.
Pretty much my point. I think Pageau's and Desharnais' only similarities are stature and birthplace......of all the Habs, Gallagher seems to be the most comparable although a young Gionta might even be closer.
Actualy i'd consider Pageau to be more comparable to Dumont. Dumont might not have played as well but they will have the same career IMHO.
I see both as 3rd line tweeners with around 20pts a season.
...they're... completely different players actually. If Pageau was a Hab, he'd be lauded as the next Tomas Plekanec. Similitudes are striking -- both players offense and defense are mainly generated through their speed and agility, as opposed to more "technical" skills, even if their speed is generally deceiving. Both players have a never-say-die attitude (in a non-physical way though) and their game is better fit a for a non-physical game. Both are pretty good when it comes to shadowing other, more skilled players, while nonetheless producing at a good offensive clip.
Dumont was always more of a (pit)bull in a China shop who mostly grinded its way to goals.
Sure, Pageau has to repeat, but this stage, he's ahead of what Tomas Plekanec was at the same age, or roughly at the same place. If anything, Tomas Plekanec is his absolute upside and he's unlikely to reach that. But if Plekanec was able to become what he is...