What max domi brings to canadiens over alex galchenyuk – sportsnet.ca cost of data recovery from hard drive

1. There were quite a few people saying that Max Domi is “almost 24”, but he turned 23 in March, just over three months ago. By that token Galchenyuk is “almost 25” so I don’t think age makes much of a difference here. At this stage in their careers, both players are pretty much what they will be, with maybe a few minor tweaks along the way, these are their prime years.

2. Arizona general manager John Chayka said he believed Galchenyuk can play centre and wouldn’t have made the trade otherwise, which led to some saying the trade was a centre for a left-winger (Domi). Domi has played centre in the NHL, specifically last year where he took four times as many faceoffs as Galchenyuk did, however Galchenyuk has spent far more time in the middle over the last three seasons, and despite what the Canadiens have said, he’s been very successful there.

Still, he’s not guaranteed to play centre, and Domi isn’t unfamiliar with playing centre, even if he may be destined for the wing.

Right away you can see that while these two players put up similar point production, how they do it couldn’t be more different. Galchenyuk is a shooter who dominates the high slot, where most snipers shoot from, and while he likes to attack off the rush, those attacks are usually with him carrying the puck and passing to a teammate instead of being the shooter, which is part of the reason he creates more as a centre, as attacking through the middle with the puck on his stick creates more options for him.

Domi meanwhile, is a dismal scoring-chance producer who prefers to get in closer to the net on the rare occasions he does actually shoot from inside the slot, but he is a borderline elite playmaker in terms of passing the puck into the slot both at even strength and on the power play, an area that the Canadiens have been sorely lacking for years now.

It’s important to note that while passes to the slot are important, in terms of overall scoring chance generation for their teammates, Galchenyuk has a significant lead on Domi, ranking 67th in the NHL among forwards, while Domi ranked 175th. What this means is that while Domi creates high-quality chances for his teammates, Galchenyuk still creates more overall, and he is far more likely to be a singular impact player who can take over games, while Domi needs to be surrounded by goal scorers to finish his plays, and hasn’t been able to score for himself.

The Canadiens last season completed the 23rd-most passes to the slot at both 5-on-5 and overall, and they were 30th in pass to the slot success rates at 5-on-5 and in all situations as well, so this very much appears to be an attempt to address a dire need.

Artturi Lehkonen was 15th in the entire NHL in scoring chances-per-minute at 5-on-5 last season, Brendan Gallagher was 22nd, Charles Hudon was 88th, and Max Pacioretty was 92nd. Pacioretty isn’t guaranteed to be back with the club, but if he is, he likely represents the biggest oncoming regression.

Looking at the Canadiens’ 10-plus goal scorers last season, only Brendan Gallagher and Nicolas Deslauriers shot above their career norms coming into the season, although please note that Hudon’s shooting percentage is pulled from his AHL career due to so few NHL games played before last season. Hudon shouldn’t be expected to score at that kind of clip in the NHL, but the point should be taken that he has been a high-percentage shooter throughout his professional career.