Just to keep our mouths watering. And thanks to Darth for sending it along.
Alex Galchenyuk scored again on Sunday as his Sarnia Sting edged the Oshawa Generals 3-2, this coming a night after his three-goal showing in Peterborough, and so while I should have been working, instead I used the boss’s computer and calculator and came up this: (with the help of Miss Vicki, who seemed to know what she was doing).
Galchenyuk has 20 goals and 49 points in 28 games, which, if Miss Vicki is correct, means that he’s on track for a 48-goal season, 119 points in total. That’s fine work for a guy who only played two games last year because of a knee injury. And who knows, maybe he’s just getting revved up and could finish with much more.
I gotta tell you. Keeping a watch on Galchenyuk is much more fun than my Gomez watch.
And before I continue down the junior path, it seems that ECHL players, which Gomez is one of right now, earn an average of $500 a week. With Gomez, that’s more like it.
A 130-point season for Galchenyuk would be great. I think we’d all be happy with that. But have a gander at these numbers:
Bobby Smith holds the OHL record for 192 points during the 1977-78 season, and Ernie Godden, playing for the Windsor Spitfires in 1980-81, scored a total of 87 goals! Godden would be chosen 55th overall by the Leafs, but only played five games with Toronto and that was it for the NHL. Maybe because he was small at 5’8 and 160 pounds, that his career screeched to a sudden halt.
In the WHL, Ray Ferraro holds the record for goals with 108, while Rob Brown (remember him?) had 212 points during the 86-87 season with the Kamloops Blazers.
And of course I save the best for last.
In 1983-84, Mario Lemieux managed 133 goals and a total of 282 friggin points.
In the 1971-71 season, Guy Lafleur scored just three less than Mario’s record, nailing 130 goals while with the Quebec Remparts. And Sidney Crosby’s best year with Rimouski saw him net 66 goals and 102 assists for 168 points.
Our Habs might have the odd overpaid two-goal scorer and a semi-comatose forward, and maybe a defenceman who doesn’t get closer than three feet of the opposition, and of course the injury-prone team with no power play did end up slightly down in the standings last season. Slightly.
But there could be an excellent silver lining.
I’ll borrow a well-used quote from music critic Jon Landau after his witnessing a young Bruce Springsteen in action in 1974, move things around a little, and say, “I have seen the future of the Montreal Canadiens, and its name is Alex Galchenyuk.
I’m craving a true superstar on the team, and I’ll take a chance and speak for several million other fans by saying they want one too. Patrick Roy was the last one. Guy Lafleur was before Patrick. It’s been a long, harsh drought. Not to put much pressure on the young fellow, but that’s the deal. All he has to do is become a big-time superstar like Guy Lafleur. Is it too much to ask?
Fans of every other team might say they want one too. But who cares what fans of other teams want. They’re lucky we let them co-exist with us in everyday life.
Galchenyuk scored three times on Saturday night in leading his Sarnia Sting to a big 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes, giving our new future star 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points in 27 games, putting him third in scoring in the Ontario Hockey League behind Niagara IceDogs Ryan Strome (59 points) and Seth Griffith of the London Knights (49 points).
Strome has played three more games than Galchenyuk, and Griffith two more, so be careful guys, he’s breathing down your neck. Maybe by Christmas these two will be chasing him.
Maybe he’ll leave all concerned in the dust.
Maybe he’ll be a great one.
Tonight, while at work and taking a break from giving my usual 155%, I read, on the TSN site I think, someone suggest that Montreal should trade PK Subban to Edmonton, straight up, for Nail Yakupov, the first-overall pick in this year’s entry draft.
The argument is, basically, that PK has way too much of an ego, he’s already been offered $2.75 million a year for two years in which he and his agent said thanks but no thanks, and that he’s going after big money even though he’s still maturing and hasn’t reached elite status yet. And the Oilers really need help on the blueline.
But to trade our PK for an unproven kid yet to play a game in the NHL? Maybe if Bob Gainey was at the helm it might happen. But I don’t think Marc Bergevin would do it in a million years. At least I don’t think he would.
On the other hand, having both Yakupov and Galchenyuk in the lineup might create some serious fire-wagon hockey.
Anyway, we’re all armchair quarterbacks and this fellow just threw the Subban/Yakupov thing out there for the hell of it. But it got me thinking all the way home from work.
I just wish PK would hurry up and sign and we move on to other stuff. Like lockouts and the commissioner and all that.
I’m now going to tell you that I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last 15 days due to walking a lot. At least several miles every day, at a decent clip.
I’m telling you this because there’s no Habs news to discuss. All’s quiet on the front. No Subban, Gomez, Shane Doan, or trade winds. No news of Youppi getting neutered or word on the stick boy job. It’s as dog days as it can be.
My beer gut has gone way down and I can almost do up my sports jacket. It’s almost embarrassing to walk around so svelt.
I’ve read that Alexander Galchenyuk has serious plans on making the team this fall and I hope he does. I think it would be tremendously exciting to have this fellow up and at ’em and playing well. He’s probably a year or so away, I suppose, but stranger things have happened.
A couple of times I’ve walked seven miles at a good clip and it just about killed me. No pain, no gain. I hate that saying. If there’s a God, why does it have to hurt to look good?
If Galchenyuk actually wins a spot, surely it bumps Gomez off the face of the earth. And how come Subban is taking his sweet time in signing? Is he doing it on purpose?
I read that stopping eating three hours before bedtime and going to bed hungry is an excellent habit to get into if trying to lose weight. That’s a tough one. What about my late-night cherry pie, chocolate, and beer?
I can’t even go into anything. You already know about the Richard Riot and Plante’s mask and Lafleur’s goals against Boston and Patrick forcing a trade and all the rest of it.
There’s just no news.
I’m going for a walk.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the signing of its 2012 NHL Entry Draft first round pick Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year contract (2012-13 to 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Galchenyuk, 18, only took part in two regular season games with the OHL Sarnia Sting in 2011-12. The 6’1’’, 195 lbs forward missed the majority of the season due to a knee injury. In the playoffs, Galchenyuk registered four points (2 goals, 2 assists), playing in all six contests.
In his first junior season in 2010-11, Galchenyuk ranked third in scoring with the Sting, tied for first in assists, with a total of 83 points (31 goals, 52 assists) in 68 regular season games. He also served 52 penalty minutes.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Galchenyuk was the Canadiens’ first round selection, third overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Centre Petteri Nokelainen, along with defenceman Brendon Nash, has signed a one-year deal with the Habs, and this now sees the team with a whack of centremen – David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Nokelainen, Ryan White, Blake Geoffrion, Alex Galchenyuk, who may or may not crack the lineup this year, and of course, the one and only Scott Gomez.
Maybe a nice juicy trade is in the wind. Or maybe the team just loves depth down the middle. Regardless, Gomez should start packing his wallet and electric head razor.
Nash injured his shoulder in training camp last year and missed the entire season, but will see lots of ice time in Hamilton next season. I love his size – 6’3, 214 lbs, and we could see him earn a regular spot with the big club down the road after Tomas Kaberle is traded to Toronto for a vintage CHUM Chart.
I guess I was a little surprised by a couple of players who received qualifying offers from the Canadiens. You may not agree with me, but that’s great. I didn’t agree with George Costanza when he ate a chocolate bar with a knife and fork.
I was slightly surprised that Blake Geoffrion was given an offer. Blake wasn’t great by a long shot. He worked hard enough I guess, and is a nice skater, but the offence just wasn’t there, managing two goals and no assists in 13 games. Blake’s grandpa was one of my favourite Habs when I was a kid, and I wanted so much more from the grandson.
But if he accepts the offer and stays, maybe he can pick it up a big notch.
Andreas Engqvist is another who hasn’t dazzled. Fifteen games over two season, with points tallying at 0-0-0. But he was given an offer.
Brad Staubitz is a UFA and his name hasn’t seemed to come up much lately, so I’m assuming there’s still a chance he could be Hab next season. I like teams that are tough, you probably do too, and Montreal wasn’t tough until Staubitz came along and gave Ryan White a hand in that honourable department. Staubitz proved more than willing to pound it out. The opposite of Georges Laraque.
With Staubitz and White being feisty, the Canadiens have that extra dimension we’ve been missing, thanks to previous management miscues.
Michael Blunden wasn’t given an offer, and when I think back on how Blunden played, I see a good-sized player who got his nose dirty from time to time, who crashed the net and got involved, but scored only when certain planets aligned. Just twice in 39 games. Blunden is a right winger, as is Staubitz, so is Staubitz sticking?
I’m not trying to be an expert, and maybe I’m missing certain technicalities that I’m not aware of, but what I know is, the Canadiens have to pull up their socks like they’ve never been pulled up before, so the decisons to keep some and let others go are key decisions. Onwards and upwards. The team found themselves in the dumpster last season, and now it’s time for them to climb out, wipe themselves off, and go to work to make sure such disaster never occurs again. At least not in my lifetime.
That sound a little selfish. Not in my lifetime. Yes I care about future Habs fans who will want Cups long after I’m gone. I can see these future fans now, watching on their 100 inch 3-D televisons while robots brings them beer, the sight of grizzled 40-year old Alex Galchenyuk Jr., son of legendary Hall of Famer Alex Galchenyuk, hoisting the Cup for the 7th time in his illustrious career. The tradition continues.
It doesn’t take a special mind like Stephen Hawking or P.J. Stock to know that the Canadiens did tremendously well with their number three pick. I think we all feel it, if other Habs fans don’t mind me speaking for them a little.
Sarnia Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu, who had both Alex Galchenyuk and first-overall pick Nail Yakupov in his lineup, said Galchenyuk has what it takes to be a better player than Yakupov. It had been full speed ahead for Galchenyuk until he blew his knee out, but his knee is fine now and everyone knows it. It’s one of the reasons the NHL holds the Draft Combine – to get to the bottom of matters like this.
Heck, I think even Dr. Recchi would give him the green light if he examined him.
And as nice as it might have been to have a young stud defenceman like Ryan Murray added to the mix, Montreal is already grooming blueliners Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, the latter being the son of the Sarnia coach. It was time to go for the gusto. A future superstar. A player to warm the hearts of superstar-deprived Habs fans.
It’s the thought of a big and dominant centreman coming aboard that puts a smile on our faces. I don’t know how long it will be before the young fellow earns a spot with the big club, but I hope it’s soon. The sooner the new-look Habs train gets rolling down the tracks, the better.
I haven’t been this excited about an entry draft in a long time. We know what this can mean for the club. A club that desperately needs a young star and game-breaker. Here’s hoping we got one.
Alex Galchenyuk’s named was called by Trevor Timmins, and add this to the Habs’ lineup – a highly-skilled, 6’2 centreman with all kinds of charisma, who plays a complete team game according to Craig Button, and who also has a good-looking mother and girlfriend.
Welcome to Montreal, Alex. Isn’t it a great thing that Andrei Kostitsyn and his brother aren’t there to lead him astray. And hopefully it’s sooner than later when he dons the CH and begins to set the world on fire. Maybe he could centre another bright light – Brendan Gallagher.
I talked about this guy the other day Going For Galchenyuk and I don’t want to repeat myself now. And I don’t want to get all warm and fuzzy about this pick, but I’ll say I’m very excited to say the least. Number 3 picks don’t come along that often, unless you’re really lousy every year, and to get a quality, world-class, big centreman makes me all warm and fuzzy anyway.