Our vote on who will be the Montreal Canadiens second line left winger next season is complete, and to few people’s surprise, Alex Galchenyuk won by a landslide. We have now rounded out our top six for next year, which looks like this:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk crushed the competition in this vote, taking 262 of the 322 votes that were cast, a whopping 81%. Rene Bourque got 10% of the vote, followed by Michael Bournival at 8% and Brandon Prust had just 1%.
Galchenyuk was drafted third overall in 2012, with the idea he would be a top six forward, and he has earned that role in his first two NHL seasons. He had just 31 points in 65 games last season, but was left off the power play for much of the season, and contains much more scoring potential than he has been able to unleash at this point in his career.
There is an argument to be made that he could return to his natural position of center, but the Canadiens are fairly deep down the middle, and extremely thin on the wing. This makes Galchenyuk a perfect fit on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.
With a little more trust from his coach, and more power play time, Galchenyuk could blow away his career highs in all offensive categories next season. He has shown flashes of offensive wizardry, but is still looking to put together a full consistent season.
A line of the Habs top two young forwards, centered by their most responsible and solid two way player could make for a dangerous second line for opposing teams. All three are capable of potting 20 goals next season, and any line with Plekanec on it is a sound defensive trio.
The Canadiens will certainly have some scoring depth in their top two lines next season.