Montreal Canadiens select Alex Galchenyuk with 3rd pick in 2012 NHL Draft
Montreal selected Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Galchenyuk is a center that is capable of making the players around him better. Boasting an impressive hockey IQ, Galchenyuk is a multi-tool player who generates offense with his skating, passing and shooting abilities.
Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting, Galchenyuk played with the top prospect in this year’s NHL Draft class, Nail Yakupov.
Unfortunately, Galchenyuk has only had the chance to play one full season with Yakupov as he sustained a knee injury, which forced him to miss all but two games in the 2011-12 season.
Be that as it may, in the one year they did play together Galchenyuk registered 31 goals, 52 assists and 83 points in 68 games played. Had he had a chance to play this past season, the 18-year old could have dominated the OHL.
Despite missing almost all of last year, the six-foot-one, 185 pound center was still considered one of the best players in this year’s class.
Much like Yakupov, discussions about Galchenyuk’s interest in playing in the NHL have been questioned. With the prospect of riches from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, some have grown to distrust players of Russian descent.
While he may be Russian, the Milwaukee born prospect considers himself an American-born player and has made it clear that he intends to play in the NHL.