Player Discussion Alex Galchenyuk

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  1. TaLoN Red 5 standing by

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    Correct, he was playing some of the best hockey of his career before those last 20 games.

    Then he had the knee injury that we didn't hear about until after he was traded. Another of our players had the same injury and missed over a month, while Granlund never missed a shift.
     
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    Fehr?
     
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    Someone pointed out his "hunched over" skating style and now its become a total distraction for me when I watch him play.
     
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    The thing that I have heard about him that gives me pause is that he a poor defensive player. In their words, if he isn't playing top 6, then he isn't much good to you.

    This remainder of the season will be a big audition for him.
     
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    He speaks russian ..... so does Kap !
     
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    He's a poor defensive player for a center, it's why several GMs now have considered him a wing. He's not great in the d-zone for a winger, but not a complete liability either.

    I'd kind of like to see him with JEE/Foligno (if Kunin is the 3C); as much as I want Greenway to be something special, he seems to have stagnated in his growth this year. Let him be the wing that can cheat out of the zone while the other 2 play defense.
     
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    So does Bryz ... Let's get that wise puck stopping philosopher back!
     
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    Only if you put him in the tv booth. He might not anything about the game, but he is colorful.
     
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    Take him in a heartbeat over Carter.
     
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    I want Snoop Dog and Bryz in the booth. Screw Paul Allen.
     
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    I don't mind Carter. Walz annoys me to no end. Greenlay is an old hat at this point.

    Snoop calling the Kings game was great. I don't know how long the novelty of it would last though
     
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    I know he’s supposed to be very poor at center but I would still like to see it for myself with this roster for a stretch. I think it would only benefit the team if they find out whether he can play here longer than the remainder of the season. If he’s strictly a wing, yes, no future here.

    Clearly, he’s likely viewed internally as open cap space this offseason and they probably don’t want to dink around with potential playoff aspirations yet with a new player at an important position. But we’ve watched Rask play hockey too many times this year as well. In addition to that, I don’t see Kunin as a center in this league, Donato has played in the middle, and Koivu still isn’t playing well. It’s not like the team is bursting at the seems with good options.
     
  14. KaprizovSaveUs Fiala assist alert

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    Idk he’s definitely got skill and all, but he makes at least 3 or 4 stupid plays a game.
     
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    Yup. There's a lot of upside and a lot of downside at any given moment. I'm still not really sure what to think.
     
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    Galchenyuk reminds me of a bigger, lankier, Fiala, circa March 2019. Lots of giveaways, but has some puck skills, and offensive talent. Seems to lack game judgement.

    Lightning struck in Fiala's case. With a bit of tough love, and/or encouragement, could Galch be a half assed middle six offensive C? We've already got JEE to be our #1 defensive C, and Staal for one more year as our #1C. Sturm, presumably, can be a lesser version of JEE. We need a C that can produce some offense, just not for the other team.
     
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    I have a feeling with some time in our system, Chucky can get over some of the defensive lapses in his game. We've seen it happen with Fiala, might see the same happen with him. We have one of the best defensive systems in the league, so I figure his game would improve in that aspect over time.

    There's really no downside to bringing him back, so I'm hoping Guerin ultimately decides to do it. The fact that he can speak Russian is a nice plus too.
     
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    He can speak Russian?
     
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    He’s literally Russian. Why would it come as a surprise that he can speak Russian?
     
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    Yep, spent most of his childhood in Russia. Could be an intriguing player to try with Kap next year, especially if he re-signs for cheap.

    He's actually Belarusian and was born in Wisconsin, so I could see the confusion.
     
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    He had a Russian passport. He was a dual-citizen of Russia and the United States.
     
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    His family is from Minsk, but since Belarus was a member of the Soviet Union, I guess you could consider them to be de facto Russian. He grew up in Russia and Russian is his first language, so he is practically Russian.
     
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    I knew he was born in the WI, and was an American citizen, hence the question. Excuse me for not knowing all the details of his early life, and asking a question.
     
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    7 points in 11 games after shifting to center.
     
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    And that’s with two guys who lack offense on his wings. Imagine if he played with top 6 wingers.
     

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