Its been quite an interesting few years for Alex Galchenyuk since he was traded from Montreal to Arizona. He then spent time in Pittsburgh and Minnesota as a result of a few trades. Alex was fortunate enough to land an NHL contract with Ottawa for $1.05 million for one season. Despite scoring in the first game of the delayed season, Alex could not find a permanent place in the lineup. In his extremely short stint with the Sens, he recorded one point in 8 games.
He was traded by Ottawa to Carolina in a trade that saw the Senators obtain Ryan Dzingel back. The next day, Galchenyuk was waived by the Hurricanes, sending him down to the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. He was than traded by the Canes to Toronto for Yegor Korshkov and David Worsofsky.
The Toronto Maple Leafs put former Hobey Baker Winner, Jimmy Vesey, on waivers and was almost immediately claimed by the Vancouver Canucks. Also, seemingly in minutes, the Toronto Maple Leafs pulled Galchenyuk off of their taxi squad and had him skating with the teams second line.
Vesey was placed on waivers due to cap constraints and wanting to increase competition for rosters spots. Galchenyuk now finds himself in Jimmy’s old spot, lining up with Nylander and Tavares.
It’s been obvious to hockey fans everywhere that the 27-year-old needed to hit restart on his career, and it seems like Toronto was willing to work with him to get his game back. In six games with the Toronto Marlies, Alex has recorded 2 goals and 6 assists and a +4.
Here is a few highlights of Galchenyuks play in the AHL:
Alex Galchenyuk is only 27, he has plenty of hockey and time left in him to get his career turned around. NHL teams rushed Galchenyuk, despite being a third overall pick, he never got time to develop and play his game. Add into that, he struggled with personal issues off the ice that were not handled well in Montreal at all.
With some seasoning in the AHL, with possibly the best AHL team in league, that being Toronto. The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be doing all the right things to get this top six forwards game back.