Back in the summer of 2012, Alex Galchenyuk took the stage at Consol Energy Center (now PPG Paints Arena) after the Canadiens selected him third overall in the NHL Draft. Possessing size (6-foot-1, 207 pounds), strong skating ability and a lethal lefty shot, Galchenyuk was considered a future high-end scoring threat at the next level.
Seven years later, Galchenyuk is headed back to Pittsburgh having shown glimpses of that potential, but also having plateaued in his mid-20s. The principal player acquired in the Phil Kessel deal has been traded during two consecutive offseasons (the Canadiens shipped him to the Coyotes in June 2018 for Max Domi), with his offensive production having tailed off after a 30-goal campaign during his age-21 season. A quasi-reclamation project for the Penguins, Galchenyuk will look to get back to his 30-goal form while, interestingly, possibly filling the role that Kessel often held on Evgeni Malkin's wing.