Who wants teenaged Hab?

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 1/28/2013 5:26:00 AM

On Tuesday night after his next game at the Bell Centre, 18-year old Alex Galchenyuk will have to board a bus.  Don't expect it to be back to Sarnia and the junior ranks.

With one more game to prove himself at the NHL level before the Canadiens must decide on keeping him for the season and kicking into his entry-level contract, "Chuckie" appears to have the killer instinct with the puck and proven he can play with the Canadiens.

The Habs' organization has been asked repeatedly about whether their prized first round draft pick should live on his own during his rookie season or be billeted with a Montreal veteran.

Galchenyuk sounds very much like he could care less, after setting up Brendan Gallagher for his first NHL goal and Brandon Prust for his first as a Hab.

Listen to Galchenyuk again the focus of attention in the Canadiens' dressing room after the 4-3 OT win against New Jersey.

FYI: Galchenyuk's most impressive play of the night may have been trying atone for his sin of taking a high-sticking penalty that helped jump-start the Devils' comeback.  "Chuckie", as fellow rookie Brendan Gallagher wants him tagged, came flying out of the box, raced down the right-wing side and beat a Jersey defenseman across the slot to his left, while whistling a shot by Brodeur---just missing high and wide.  Brodeur admitted after the game #27 impressed him.

Which veteran will take him in?   "Chuckie" suggests home is where the Habs are.

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