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Habs prospect Galchenyuk on fire heading into Team USA World Juniors camp

Dec 16, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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Many Canadiens fans were worried about how their 2012 first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk would rebound from a knee injury he suffered last season. Safe to say he’s doing just fine now.

Through 33 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, Galchenyuk has 27 goals and 61 points. His goal mark is good enough to tie him for first with Stars prospect Brett Ritchie and Jackets prospect Boone Jenner. His point total puts him one behind Islanders prospect Ryan Strome.

What’s more amazing is that in his last 17 games he’s got 19 goals and 40 points and with Team USA’s World Junior Championships camp opening up tonight in Tarrytown, NY he’s getting into high gear at the right time.

Over the summer at the Team USA camp in Lake Placid, Galchenyuk was busy working himself back into form after his injury last season. Now that he’s fully healthy and with the kinds of numbers he’s putting up (eight points in his last two games, five against Kingston alone), Montreal and America couldn’t be more excited.

  1. cannonblast14 - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    The Blue Jackets are going to regret not drafting this kid. I guarantee it.

    • zetaone - Dec 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      What DON’T the Blue Jackets regret?

  2. lordfletcher - Dec 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I couldn’t then and still don’t know why till this day they had to draft Murray. It was more than obvious he was going #2….

    Not saying Murray isn’t a great prospect but I don’t think we’ll look back in 10 years and say he was a better choice over Galchenyuk or others. Murray was a safe pick and NHL ready and I am willing to bet the Jackets couldn’t afford to lose out on another 1st round pick so Murray was their man if he was there… My curious thought was always if Murray went #1 (which was never going to happen) but what if, who would have gone #2? The Jackets made it sound like they wanted nothing to do with Yakupov. Would it have been Yak / Galchenyuk or would they have traded out of the #2? who knows.

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