Sep 6, 2013, 9:45 PM EST
One good rookie season isn’t enough.
Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens knows this, even after he finished last season with 15 goals and 28 points in 44 regular season games, often playing against guys much larger than his 5’9″ and 178-pound frame.
His performance was enough to make him a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. He didn’t win the award. Instead, that distinction when to Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers.
It’s still a recognition of what Gallagher accomplished in with the Habs. But it’s just one year.
He’ll return to the hockey-mad market in Montreal, where the expectations from the local fan base are sure to have grown from what they were in January.
“I don’t think I’m proven yet,” Gallagher told NHL.com on Friday.
“I think there’s still a lot left for me to accomplish in this League, so I don’t consider myself proven. I just consider last year a step in the right direction.”
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