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Will Galchenyuk Start on Maple Leafs’ 2nd Line with Tavares & Nylander?

When Alex Galchenyuk came to the Maple Leafs, he was immediately moved to the AHL. Now he’s practicing on the 2nd line. Will he stay there?

During the Toronto Maple Leafs’ practice on Wednesday, newcomer Alex Galchenyuk was seen practicing on the Maple Leafs’ second line with John Tavares and William Nylander. Is that where he’s going to end up on Friday against the Calgary Flames in the two team’s back-to-back series?

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Can Galchenyuk Stay Where He Was in Practice Today: On the Team’s Second Line?

In the video below, you’ll hear Chris Johnston and Shawn McKenzie discuss the arrival of Galchenyuk on the Maple Leafs’ roster.

Galchenyuk Moved Quickly Up the Ladder to the Maple Leafs’ Lineup

Galchenyuk, as it appeared – at least practice on Wednesday – moved straight from the Toronto Marlies to a line with Nylander and Tavares. As Johnston said, that’s quite the jump for Galchenyuk to make. Will he stay that high in the lineup?

Johnston noted that that possibility can’t be ruled out. He found it interesting that Sheldon Keefe says the team still sees Galchenyuk as a player who can produce offence, who can make plays, and who can score goals.

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Alex Galchenyuk with the Penguins Last Season

As Johnston reported, there’s no doubt that Galchenyuk is “a long way removed from what he was once upon a time in Montreal;” however, if the Maple Leafs “can possibly give him that opportunity playing with some skill players” they are showing they believe in him. It looks as if the team will give him a chance, based upon the fact of where he was in this practice.

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Where Will Galchenyuk Stay in the Lineup – If at All?

Johnston then outlined Galchenyuk’s time with the Maple Leafs. He was at an arm’s length away and played his first-ever six games in the American Hockey League. Now, as Johnston noted, it now “appears that they’re going to put him somewhere in the lineup.” They might start on that high (on the team’s second line), but they are “not necessarily expecting him to be there full-time.”

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. macreeves

    March 18, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Since he can’t check he is top 6 or down the road

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