MONTREAL -- As Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin went about changing the look of his team in the offseason, he had a keen observer in Alex Galchenyuk.
Center - MTL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 7
SOG: 17 | +/-: 4
Bergevin traded away defenseman Josh Gorges
and allowed a number of older veterans to leave as free agents, including captain Brian Gionta
, in an effort to turn the Canadiens over to the younger players that make up their core talent.
Most people took that to mean players like P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty, established stars in the NHL, would be given more important roles with the Canadiens this season.
But Galchenyuk saw it differently.
He decided, at age 20, he would need to become a player the Canadiens could lean on. It is seven games in to the season, but the early returns are that Galchenyuk has become just that.