Alex Galchenyuk C MON 4 Days

Galchenyuk scored his seventh, eighth and ninth goals of the year for his first career hat trick in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.

In addition to the impressive scoring, the 2012 No. 3 pick continued his recent solid work in the faceoff circle, winning more than half his draws for the third straight game. His play at center is getting better and better.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 8 Days

Head coach Michel Therrien is walking a line with Galchenyuk in the young forward's transition from wing to center, the Montreal Gazette reports.

Therrien indicated Galchenyuk needs to work on his defensive zone play, but the coach doesn't want to rob him of his creativity and instincts, the things that make him a special player. Galchenyuk will center the top line, between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, Friday night against the Kings and for a few more games at least while Lars Eller (upper body) remains sidelined.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 10 Days

Galchenyuk had a forward-high 18:53 time on ice and won eight of 13 faceoffs in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Vancouver.

On an emotional night when the franchise paid homage to Jean Beliveau, perhaps we saw Montreal's next great center. Galchenyuk, who played center in junior hockey, was moved from wing to center for this game after the team's 1-5-1 stretch. This combination may last only as long as it takes for Lars Eller (upper body) to heal up, but on this night, the new top line showed good chemistry and puck possession. Galchenyuk won faceoffs, had a key defensive play in the third period and set up his linemates, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, who had a combined nine shots.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 11 Days

Galchenyuk skated at center on the top line during Monday's practice, the Montreal Gazette reports.

With the Canadiens in a 1-5-1 slide in which they've scored just 13 goals, head coach Michel Therrien did more than minor tweaking Monday. Galchenyuk will center a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 13 Days

Galchenyuk started Saturday night's game against Dallas on the wing but was moved to center for the third period of a 4-1 loss.

The Canadiens were listless all night and getting outshot after two periods, 23-11, prompting another round of line changes from head coach Michel Therrien. With Lars Eller (upper body) sidelined Saturday and heading for an MRI on Monday, now is a good time to slide Galchenyuk to center in the interim. That's going to be his position eventually.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 14 Days

Glachenyuk assisted on Brendan Gallagher's first-period goal in Friday night's loss to the Blackhawks. He's registered a point in four straight games.

Galchenyuk and Gallagher are now flanking Tomas Plekanec on the second line. This trio has worked well together in the past and are currently the team's most productive line.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 17 Days

Galchenyuk recorded his team's lone goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Wild.

Wednesday was Galchenyuk's third straight game with a point, as the young center is continuing to prove he'll be a valuable fantasy asset for years to come. He now has six goals and 11 assists in 27 games this season.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 18 Days

Galchenyuk picked up a power-play assist in Monday night's 4-3 win over the Avalanche.

With 2:39 of power play ice time, Galchenyuk was third on the team Monday night -- more than David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and P.A. Parenteau. Is this a harbinger of things to come? The kid has good set up skills -- his 11 assists are tied for the team lead -- and he might better serve a man-advantage unit that ranks 24th in the NHL with a 14.3% success rate.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 1 Month

Galchenyuk picked up three assists in Montreal's win over Philadelphia.

They were his first assists since October 18, a span of 12 games. He did have three goals in those 12, but it's clear he's still working on his consistency. The sky is actually the limit for this young center, but it may be a couple years before he delivers on that potential.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 1 Month

Galchenyuk scored his fifth goal of the season in Tuesday night's 3-0 win over the Jets. It was just his second point in the past nine games.

Galchenyuk was part of the Habs' most productive line early on when the team jumped to a 7-1 start, but he's fallen off pace at the same time the Canadiens did. He's back on a line with Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec, a unit that's had previous success.