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Rookies Galchenyuk, Gallagher make Habs

Jan 18, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens are giving rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher a chance to prove themselves in the NHL, as both players have made the club’s opening roster.

Galchenyuk was drafted third overall last summer. The 18-year-old forward that helped the United States win gold in the 2013 World Junior Championships already has 61 points in 33 games for OHL Sarnia this season.

The Canadiens will have to decide after five games if they want to keep Galchenyuk and use up a year of his entry-level contract or send him back to junior.

Gallagher, 20, spent the NHL lockout with AHL Hamilton where he scored 10 goals and 10 assists in 36 games. The small-but-feisty forward was the Habs’ fifth-round pick in 2010.

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