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Alex Galchenyuk to Canadiens: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 5:  Johan Gustafsson #30 of Team Sweden stops the puck in front of Nail Yakupov #10 of Team Russia during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 5, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 22, 2012

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 6'1", 185 lbs

Shoots: Left

DOB: 2/12/1994

Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)

 

Alex Galchenyuk lost a year of development this year because an ACL tear limited him to only two regular-season games for the Sarnia Sting, but his injury shouldn't impact his ability to be a star at the NHL level. 

Galchenyuk scored 31 goals and had 52 assists for 83 points in 63 games in the 2010-11 season for the Sting, and he would have produced similar numbers this year alongside teammate and top prospect Nail Yakupov. However, Galchenyuk was able to return to the playoffs this season, where he scored four points (two goals and two assists) in six games.

Galchenyuk has impressive vision on the ice, and it shows when he passes the puck with great precision and timing. His playmaking ability is fantastic, and he's an unselfish center who can control games with his ability to create scoring chances for teammates.

As a goal scorer, he's still improving, but his wrist shot is already polished. He has good hands and can deke a goalie with a quick move on a breakaway or in front of goal. His speed isn't amazing, but as he recovers from his knee injury, his skating and acceleration will start to improve more and more.

If Galchenyuk hadn't gotten hurt, he could have been the top pick in this draft, but the injury concerns are legitimate for someone who is just 18 years old. He will have to prove he's durable in the NHL, but in terms of talent, he is arguably the most skilled offensive player of this class.

Galchenyuk won't be playing in the NHL next season because he needs another year at the junior level, but his time to shine on the bright stage will come soon.

 

Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

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