Pittsburgh center Alex Galchenyuk- along with prospect Calen Addison and a first-round pick- were traded to Minnesota on Monday in exchange for winger Jason Zucker.
When Galchenyuk suits up for the Wild, it will be the fourth team with whom he has skated in just four years. With eight and a half seasons of experience in the NHL, Galchenyuk has spent six and a half of those playing on teams in the Eastern Conference. His only prior Western Conference team is Arizona in 2018-19.
In the two meetings the Predators and Penguins have had this season, Galchenyuk- who turns 26 on Wednesday- has been actually fairly productive. He notched three points- two goals and an assist- in December's home-and-home series. However, outside of his time in Pittsburgh, Galchenyuk has just five additional career points against Nashville.
In other words, he's a manageable opponent for the Preds.
It will be interesting to see if Galchenyuk can maintain his season numbers against the Preds, as they play the Wild three more times before the end of this season. The Central Division teams are battling each other tooth-and-nail for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs, meeting again for the first time since October on Mar. 3.
Galchenyuk, who was selected third overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 draft, didn't exactly pan out to be the uber-prolific scorer they envisioned. His best season came in 2015-16, when he reached a career-high 30 goals (56 points in all). In the season before he was traded to the Coyotes, Galchenyuk had 51 points but a career-low -31 rating.
Montreal traded Galchenyuk to Arizona for Max Domi in June of 2018- a move that benefited the Habs in the long run. Galchenyuk recorded 41 points in 72 games in the desert, but finished the season with a dismal -19 rating. Against the Preds, he played three games and recorded just a single point.
The very next June, the Coyotes flipped Galchenyuk (and Pierre-Olivier Joseph) to Pittsburgh for Phil Kessel. Galchenyuk spent only 45 games with the Penguins this season, recording just five goals and 12 assists in that span.