Toughest little guy we've had in a long time in Montreal. Incredible how hard he is to knock off the puck.... You'd think he was a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier when he works the corners and boards. I wish that we had 5 more like him, we'd be Cup contenders every year.
Gallagher doesn't have the offensive skill like Galchenyuk nor is he defensive stud like Eller but he drives and crashes his way to the net. We haven't had a player like that since Saku Koivu and further back Kirk Muller. These are the guys that make things happen unlike perimeter players like Cammalleri, Zubrus, Valeri Bure etc.
Now guys like Eller and Galchenyuk crashes the net too but doesn't cause as much trouble as Gallagher. Gally reminds me of Tomas Holmstrom.
It's somewhat sad he's been kept of the statsheet when he's clearly contributing more to his line than DD. As long as the line is scoring I can't complain though. Especially since DD is already signed and Gally can't ask for intangibles money in his bridge deal in a couple years.
I posted last season that Gallagher was the single biggest difference for our offensive improvement. I stand by it. He's got the fastest shot-release on the team and surprisingly good accuracy, plus very good vision. Plus that ridiculous Kamikaze dive-bomb towards the net -- awesome to behold.
But more important than skills is the example he sets for the rest of the roster. Gallagher sets the level of compete that every other player has to reach. They see this small kid exploding into the O-zone and realize they have to step up their own game. I've been on teams and groups -- the effect of enthusiasm is huge. Gallagher's aggression rubs off on everyone else, which is a big reason why the Habs overall goal totals have shot up since he arrived.