Happy 22nd, Brendan Gallagher!
Listed at five-foot-nine, Brendan Gallagher has not grown much height-wise since turning pro in the fall of 2012. However, that would be overlooking the tremendous strides he has taken in terms of his on-ice development.
The 2013-14 season, his second in the league, would be more of the same. After spending time with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk to start the campaign, Gallagher was reunited with Pacioretty and helped the American power to a career-best 39-goal season. For his part, the sophomore scored 19 goals and 22 assists to boost his career totals. Late in the season, the scrappy forward saw his role evolve as a member of the team’s top two-way line, centered by veteran Tomas Plekanec. Formerly used to starting most of his shifts deep in the offensive zone, Gallagher now plays some of the toughest minutes for his team against the opposing first line.
|Brendan Gallagher's Odd Goal|
Though Gallagher, speedy and skilled, is by no means a physically imposing player, his greatest asset is his exceptional toughness. He intimidates opposing defensemen with his ability to fight through their checks and emerge with the puck. Beyond putting up 69 points in 125 regular season games and eight points in 11 playoff matchups so far, Gallagher has also drawn 62 minor penalties, 16 more than he has taken. This differential accounts for another three goals in the Canadiens’ favour.
Jack Han is a writer for canadiens.com.