Let’s start the week off by talking a little Ty Gallagher, the 6-foot, right shot blueliner skating with the Boston University Terriers who the Bruins selected in the seventh round, 217th overall at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Gallagher was one of two picks the Bruins made in that seventh round, the other being Andre Gasseau. At the 2020 Entry Draft, the Bruins traded their seventh-round pick to Toronto for the Leafs seventh round pick in this past Draft, and with that pick called out Gallagher’s name.
When you’re selecting players in the latter rounds, it’s all about trying to project what they could turn into and it’s no different with Gallagher. Those players are at least four years away from turning professional and will likely need some time in the American Hockey League. There is a five-year development window where everything could go right, but there is just as much of a chance it could go south. Patience is required by management and fans alike.
I will say that I am pleasantly surprised by Gallagher’s offensive production to date. His 2 goals and 4 assists may not seem impressive, but for a freshman, I will gladly take it. The numbers are actually good enough for seventh among the team and second among blueliners. His minus-1 also isn’t a concern seeing that he is on a club that has a 4-9-2 record and is minus-12 in goals-for versus goals-against.
Gallagher is no stranger when it comes to putting up offence. Last season with the U.S. National Under-18 team he scored 14 goals and added 13 assists in 47 games. That piqued the Bruins interest just enough.
There isn’t a whole lot out there from the independent draft guides available but I have two for you: One from Red Line Report and two, from Steve Kournianos at The Draft Analyst who had Gallagher ranked 107th and 70th respectively.
While both scouting reports discuss Gallagher’s game differently, one focusing on defence while the other offence, The Draft Analyst seems more convinced about his offensive game than Red Line Report does. I will say that after watching hours of video this season, that The Draft Analyst has it correct. His game has translated to the NCAA but he needs to keep improving year over year. That’s not to say Red Line has it wrong. I think they nailed his defensive game perfectly.
There is a long, long, long way to go for Gallagher. He’s trending in the right direction for now. He is worth keeping an eye on over the next few seasons.
Providence Bruins Player Stats
Providence Bruins Goalie Stats
Maine Mariners Stats
Coming up this week:
|CEHLARIK||Vs NEF||Vs AKB|
|BYCHKOV||Vs TRK||Vs SEV|
|ARNESSON||Vs MAL||Vs OSK||Vs BRY|
|MANTYKIVI||Vs TAP||Vs TAP|
|JELLVIK||Vs LEK||Vs MOR|
|GASSEAU||Vs DM||Vs DM|
|LANGENBRUNNER||Vs DM||Vs DM|
|BEECHER||Vs MIN||Vs MIN|
|LOHREI||Vs NDM||Vs NDM|
|BECKER||Vs DEN||Vs DEN|
|SCHMALTZ||Vs STC||Vs STC|
|DURAN||Vs NOE||Vs NOE|
|OLSON||Vs NMU||Vs NMU|
|MCFAUL||Vs CLG||Vs COL|
|GALLAGHER||Vs UNH||Vs UNH|
|HARRISON||Vs KGN||Vs MIS|
|MAST||Vs WSR||Vs LDN||Vs KIT|
|LYSELL||Vs KEL||Vs KAM||Vs EVT|
|SVEDEBACK||Vs CHI||Vs CHI|
AROUND THE GLOBE
To say Brett Harrison has found his goal scoring touch is an understatement. Starting off goalless in his first 3 games, Harrison has 11 goals in his next 13 games. Harrison is currently on a 3-game point streak with 3 goals and 1 assist. He is fourth in scoring with the Generals, second in goals and second in powerplay goals and a 17.7 shooting percentage.
For just the second time this season, Fabian Lysell has points in back-to-back games, both being 1 goal and 1 assist outings. It’s not that Lysell hasn’t looked good this season, but the last couple of games he has looked like he has found his comfort level and consistency. He leads all Bruins prospects with 20 penalty minutes and some of the penalties he is taking are a concern but others show he is not going to get pushed around.
Ryan Mast had a 3- game point streak snapped on Sunday but has points in 4 of his last 6 games. He leads all Sarnia Sting defencemen in scoring and is seventh on the team. His plus-5 is third on the team that is a minus-3 on the season.
Quinn Olsen had his point streak end at 3 games on Saturday. The 20-year-old Junior is tied for third in scoring for Minnesota-Duluth with 2 goals and 8 assists in 14 games. He hasn’t scored in his last 10 games dating back to October 22 against Minnesota.
Mason Lohrei, the freshman blueliner with Ohio State is tied for the team lead in points with 10. Lohrei has 6 points in his last 6 games with two of those contests being multi-point games. His overall development is going better then I expected and that’s a very good sign for the Bruins and their fans.
Jake Schmaltz ended a 4-game pointless streak on Saturday with 2 assists. The 20-year-old freshman has 4 goals and 7 assists on the season and is fifth in scoring for North Dakota. Since scoring goals in his first two games of the season against Niagara, he has just 1 goal in his last 13 games.
Peter Cehlarik, who’s KHL career began with such promise, ended a seven-game scoreless streak. He began the season with 5 goals in his first 8 games and has since notched 5 goals in his last 16 and scored in back-to-back games for the first time since he did it in 3 consecutive games from September 21 to September 29.
After registering just one point in his first 11 games, Matias Mantykivi went on a 6-game points streak with 3 goals and 5 assists. Since then, he went pointless in his next 7 games. He ended that streak with a helper on Saturday. Consistency is going to be a must for him.
Mason Langenbrunner is pointless in 7 games. However, I am satisfied with how his development is going. In the positive side, he is a plus-2 on the Fargo Force, a team that is minus-16 on the season. He is one of only 4 players and one of only 2 defencemen in positive territory on the Western Conference’s last place Fargo squad.
Andre Gasseau is pointless in his last 5 games and has just 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 11 games after beginning the season on fire (5 goals, 2 assists in 5 games). Despite missing two games due to injury, he is third on the team in points per game.
After two shaky starts, goaltender Philip Svedeback has missed the last two games with an injury.
Adrenaline carried John Beecher when he returned from injury with two multi-point games in his first 4 games since his return. Since then, he is pointless in his last five games.
As we head into December and a busy schedule as we near the holidays, it’s also time to keep an eye on the World Junior Championship Under-20 rosters. Here’s a quick look at which Bruins prospects are eligible to take part in one of the best hockey tournaments you can see:
Philip Svedeback, Philip Lysell, Oskar Jellvik
Andre Gasseau, Mason Langenbrunner, Riley Duran, Ty Gallagher, Ryan Mast
I think the only sure bet to skate for his country is Lysell. Svedeback and Jellvik are long shots, but still possible but unlikely as 18 year-old players. Canada’s depth down the middle will prevent Harrison from playing as an 18-year-old.