Jack Eichel vs. Alex Galchenyuk: Who has the better pump-up music?

The Buffalo Sabres rookie and Montreal Canadiens youngster are both electric talents rising up in the NHL. But what do they listen to in order to get in the zone? We’ve got the playlists and we’re breaking them down

It’s an image seen on pretty much every hockey broadcast: the player, getting ready for the game, earbuds in, eyes locked in concentration and shoulders rocking in rhythm to the music coursing through their iPod. But what are they listening to?

In the case of Buffalo’s Jack Eichel and Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, we’ve got the answer:

As part of Bauer Hockey’s Play Explosive campaign for the Supreme 1S stick, the two young stars put together Spotify playlists of their pump-up tunes (search their names on the music service to hear all the songs). Here are the track listings:


Jack Eichel

Till It’s Gone – Yelawolf
New Noise – Refused
My Curse – Killswitch Engage
You’re Going Down – Sick Puppies
Jumpman – Drake
I Mean It – G-Eazy
Collard Greens – Schoolboy Q
Good Thing – Sage The Gemini
R.I.C.O. – Meek Mill
Beautiful Now – Zedd
We’ll Be Coming Back – Calvin Harris
Fight Night – Migos
Talkin’ 2 Myself – Eminem
The Slam – tobyMac
Pop Bottles – Birdman
On Top – Flume
Split (Only U) – Tiesto
The Munsta – SCNDL
2 Heads – Coleman Hell
Hustlin’ – Rick Ross


Alex Galchenyuk

0 To 100 – Drake
Put On – Jeezy
More – Usher
Pop Bottles – Birdman
‘Till I Collapse – Eminem
Get The Buck In Here – DJ Felli Fel
Pop That – French Montana
Believe Me – Lil Wayne
All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled
No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame
I Mean It – G-Eazy
Magic – Future
Start It Up – Lloyd Banks
Bring Em Out – T.I.
Clique (edited version) – Kayne West
Ima Boss (Remix) – Meek Mill
Breathe – Fabolous
On Top – Flume
We Own It – 2 Chainz
GDFR – Flo Rida
Cole World – J. Cole

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So what can we parse from these selections? Well, “Pop Bottles” by Birdman (featuring Lil Wayne) appeared on both lists – perhaps no surprise since the first line is “We poppin’ champagne like we just won the championship game.” Eminem also gets love from both players, as does Meek Mill – which makes sense, since Meek Mill, the Sabres and Habs all have beef with the city of Toronto.

In terms of continuity, Galchenyuk is clearly a pure hip-hop head (Usher’s more R & B, but whatever), while Eichel bounces between rap, dance and even a couple metal tracks. “New Noise” by Refused is simply one of the best heavy songs of the past 30 years even if its inclusion in the movie “Friday Night Lights” made it somewhat ubiquitous, while Killswitch Engage’s “My Curse” is a great song to play on Guitar Hero.

So, who’s got the better list?