BEWARE THE CURSE OF
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.