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high ex­pec­ta­tions. Both play­ers have been bit­ten by it. Many fans thought that Galchenyuk would be the big, first-line cen­ter who could be the cor­ner­stone for a Stan­ley Cup team. It did not hap­pen. His of­fen­sive num­bers the past two sea­sons have di­min­ished, his ice time stag­nated and his com­mit­ment to de­fen­sive play has be­come vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent. In the past two sea­sons he’s had twice as many give­aways as take­aways. The Cana­di­ens gave up on him as a cen­ter and played him on the wing. Domi ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions with a 52-point rookie sea­son in 2015-16 but has never matched that to­tal. His ra­tio of take­aways to give­aways has got­ten worse in each of the past two sea­sons. In an ap­par­ent at­tempt to al­low star rookie Clay­ton Keller to play on the wing, Domi was tried at cen­ter this past sea­son. The Coy­otes were clearly not happy with the re­sults. He had 62 give­aways with only 40 take­aways, he won less than 45 per­cent of his face­offs, and he scored only nine goals in 82 games, with four of those goals be­ing scored into an empty net. The Coy­otes are clearly look­ing for a top two-line player with more size and bet­ter scor­ing up­side.

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