Gallagher will skate on Montreal's top line to start training camp, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Gallagher will be on right wing with Alex Galchenyuk at center and Max Pacioretty on left wing. It doesn't get much better than that on the Canadiens; it's their super line. Of course, head coach Michel Therrien could tinker, but Gallagher's well placed skating with those guys.
Brendan Gallagher netted a goal and put five shots on goal in 17:00 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Panthers.
It was Gallagher's first game back since March 5, a span of 12 games. The 23-year-old would need five goals in the Habs three remaining games to tie his career-high, set last season. Had he not gone down with the injury, he would have likely surpassed that mark by a wide margin. His power play time makes him a valuable asset in all fantasy formats. Unfortunately with three games remaining, there's no wait and see process. The Montreal Canadiens are going to rely on him to provide offense down the stretch.
Gallagher will return to the lineup after missing the past 12 games. When healthy, he's proven to be a legitimate scoring threat and also has the on-ice vision necessary to set up goals. It would be wise to check on Gallagher's price tag in daily formats in particular, as his injury likely has him at a discounted price. The 23-year-old has 35 points in 49 games this season, with seven goals and two helpers on the man advantage.
Gallagher has been out since March 5, and this news bodes well for a return to action either Thursday or Saturday. This current ailment is the second major setback of the year for the 23-year-old, who's played in only 49 contests, but has been productive, as he's tallied 18 goals and 17 helpers. When healthy, the winger's fantasy value gets an uptick from his power-play contributions -- he's averaging 2:57 of man-advantage ice time per game, resulting in nine points.
Brendan Gallagher (groin) will be out for a period of 2-to-3 weeks.
Gallagher sustained the groin injury in a game against the Jets on Mar. 5. It's a damaging blow for Montreal and fantasy lineups, as the 23-year old Edmonton native had been playing very well, notching 18 goals and 17 assists in 49 games played this season. It is unclear exactly who will replace Gallagher in the lineup at this point, but forwards Mike Brown and Torrey Mitchell could see an increase in ice time while Gallagher recovers.