The Montreal Canadiens have 3 prospects competing at the Canadian World Junior Development Camp. Canadiens prospects include Michael Bournival, Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Beaulieu. I will be posting 6 separate scouting reports for these prospects from games played during the development camp. This report is the second of those six, and was produced during the game played on Saturday, August 6th, 2011.
Brendan Gallagher was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL entry draft. He was easily one of the hardest working, and puck-hungry players on the ice during the two development camp games. He won numerous puck-battles through perseverance alone, but had the tendency to try to beat too many players 1on1 in the offensive-zone. Although his speed is often written of as below-average, Gallagher won multiple races to loose-pucks during the game.
Gallagher's grade, ratings and success-rates for specific events through 3 games scouted can be found here
Gallagher had an overall grade of 62. His grade was helped by his work winning battles in the offensive-zone, but was hurt by a plus/minus rating of minus-2. The 5'8", 175 lbs. winger's grade was 1 percentage-point below the Habs team average, and 5 percentage-points below a grade he previously earned while playing a league game in the WHL.
Overall Risk/Reward Rating
Gallagher's work carrying the puck into the offensive-zone helped his risk/reward rating. His rating was less than half of the rating he earned during a previous WHL game scouted. He was involved and puck hungry; producing 3.33 events per minute of ice-time. He completed 8 of 12 passes, while winning 12 of 18 puck-battles; most of which occurred in the offensive-zone.
|EVENTS/ MIN||3.33||EVENTS/ MIN|
Offensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
As previously mentioned, most of Gallagher's events took place in the offensive-zone. He did a solid job winning puck battles, but completed only 56% of his pass-attempts, and just 38% of his attempts to beat opposing players 1on1 (deaks) in the offensive-zone. Gallagher's intensity and solid stick help him win puck-battles. That said, his vision in the o-zone seems limited, as he often gets caught attempting to beat too many players individually. He needs to focus on using his teammates to cycle the puck until an opportunity to get the puck toward the net is produced.
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.87||EVENTS/ MIN|
Defensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Gallagher plays right wing, so events in the defensive-zone are often limited for wingers. That said, his work in the d-zone was solid. Despite a minus-2 rating, he won 60% of his defensive-zone puck-battles, while completing all of his pass-attempts. He blocked 1 shot, intercepted 1 pass, and managed a d-zone takeaway.
|EVENTS/ MIN||0.73||EVENTS/ MIN|
Neutral-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Gallagher led multiple rushes up the ice; giving his the opportunity to successfully carry the puck into the offensive-zone with 4 of his 5 attempts. He won 2 of 3 neutral-zone puck-battles, while also completing 1 neutral-zone pass-attempts.
|EV/ MIN||0.73||EVENTS/ MIN|
Raw data from development camp game played on August 6th, 2011.
|SKI +||4||SKI +|
|PK DUMP+||PK DUMP+|
|PK DUMP-||PK DUMP-|
|PS THRU||PS THRU|
|OZ PS BL||OZ PS BL|
|POINTS X2||POINTS X2|