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Get to know a draft pick — Alex Galchenyuk

Jun 19, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

Alex Galchenyuk

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Alex Galchenyuk (Center)

Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 198 Shoots: Left

Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)

Country: United States

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 4 North American skater

What kind of player is he?

He’s one of the draft’s “Big 5″. While he dealt with a knee injury (torn ACL) this year, Galchenyuk’s talent is immense. He finished second in OHL rookie scoring last season behind likely No. 1 pick and Sarnia teammate Nail Yakupov and had a strong showing in this year’s OHL playoffs. The Sting lost in the first round, but Galchenyuk had two goals and two assists in the series.

Once he matures, he’ll be a big forward with two-way ability that can score in bunches. The big question concerning Galchenyuk is whether the knee injury he suffered will scare teams off.

Quotable

“In terms of overall talent I consider him the most complete player in the draft with the highest upside at the NHL level. His hockey sense and ability to make players around him better are at an NHL level already.” Shane Malloy – Author of “The Art Of Scouting”

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

Oscar Dansk

Griffin Reinhart

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    So I’m relatively new to following prospects pre-draft, and i have a question for all of you hockey pundits out there: It says in the article that the Sarnia Sting were eliminated in the first round. Why doesn’t that seem to effect Yakupov’s or Galchenyuk’s worth? Wouldn’t it be worrisome that the team that has arguably the two most highly touted offensive players in this year’s draft couldn’t make it out of the first round?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Sarnia was only 7th in the OHL, not too much were expected from them, the 2 of them played well enough offensively (terrible in their own end) but in the end Galchenyuk won’t fall past the Habs at 3.

  2. scotloucks - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    It’s still a team game.
    .
    Consider the possibility that they wouldn’t have even made the playoffs had it not been for a couple star players.
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    Cheers

  3. bcisleman - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    First, this profile needs updating. Gally is 6’3″ and over 200 lbs. Also, it’s possible his injury will scare teams, but it shouldn’t. Reinjury of an ACL reconstruction is rare among NHL players.

    Unfortunately the one prominent exception has been Canadien defenseman Andrei Markov, so possibly the Habs may be scared off Gally and take Quebec Remparts star and Patrick Roy protege Mikhail Grigorenko.

    That would leave Gally to the Isles at #4. Interestingly enough, it was watching John Tavares play a junior hockey game that inspired Gally to pursue his junior career in North America. He’d be a great 4th overall pick for the Isles.

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