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Tuesday Habs Links: Alex Galchenyuk was destined for the NHL

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including Alex Galchenyuk's road to the NHL, Noah Juulsen's Team Canada hopes, and Mike Hoffman's team-friendly contract with the Ottawa Senators.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Ever since a very young age, there was little doubt that Alex Galchenyuk was destined for great things. Equipped with natural skill, relentless work ethic and countless sacrifice, everyone who saw him play knew that he was going to be in the show. Matt Cudzinowski looks at Galchenyuk's road to the NHL. [Canadiens]
  • Our Top 25 Under 25 series is officially underway. Justin Blades offers a solid analysis on the promising future of 24-year-old defenseman Mac Bennett. [EOTP]
  • The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015, which includes former Canadiens defender Mathieu Schneider[US HHOF]
  • Noah Juulsen and Team Canada will be facing the Czech Republic today at the World Junior Summer Showcase. [Hockey Canada]
  • Juulsen spoke to TSN about his eagerness to make the national team, the Canadiens training camp, and more. [TSN 1040]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • There's very little doubt in anyone's mind that Sidney Crosby is still the best player in the game. However, players like Carey Price, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Tyler Seguin are knocking on the door. Which begs the question: Who is the second best? [CBS Sports]
  • Mike Hoffman has been awarded a very team friendly $2 million contract following his arbitration hearing. The end result is far closer to the Ottawa Senators starting number of $1.75 million than the $3.4 million Hoffman was asking for. The 25-year-old is coming off a campaign that saw him score a team leading 27 goals in his first full NHL season. [Silver Seven Sens]
  • It's going to be another long year for Arizona Coyotes fans, but with a plethora of prospects primed to make their NHL debuts, things could be turning around very soon. [NHL]
  • Lastly, could Cody Franson be contemplating a contract with the Calgary Flames? Okay, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. But the unrestricted free agent was seen flying to Calgary on Monday. [Twitter]