BROSSARD, Que. -- Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher are staying with the Montreal Canadiens.

Galchenyuk, 18, drafted third overall in June from the junior Sarnia Sting, has a goal and two assists in four NHL games.

Gallagher, 20, who started his first pro season with Hamilton of the AHL this season, scored his first NHL goal Sunday against New Jersey.

The two rookies were informed by management Monday that, for now at least, they will not be sent back to their former clubs They have looked sharp playing together on the team's third line with veteran Brandon Prust.