Alex Galchenyuk was selected third overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Galchenyuk spent the last two seasons in the OHL playing with the Sarnia Sting, however, a torn ACL caused him to miss the majority of the 2012 season. In his rookie season in 2011, Galchenyuk scored 31 goals and 52 assists for 83 points in 63 games.
Galchenyuk plays center, shoots left, stands 6'1" and tips the scales at 198 pounds. The Canadiens needed a big center to fill that hole in their roster—now they have their man.
In addition to his size, Galchenyuk is a strong skater and has tremendous playmaking abilities. He’s an unselfish player with a good sense of the game, which allows him to be patient and make great passes.
With that being said, don’t be surprised if Galchenyuk spends another year with Sarnia Sting in the OHL. Another year at the junior level and a possible trip to the world junior tournament would help Galchenyuk further develop his game.
Although he’s 18 years old, he really only has one year of junior experience because of the ACL injury that kept him out of the lineup this past season. After he came back to play in the playoffs Galchenyuk performed well, scoring two goals and notching two assists in six games.
For those Habs fans worried about Galchenyuk’s commitment to playing in the NHL and the possibility of him bolting for more money in the KHL, remember, he’s not Russian. Galchenyuk was actually born in the United States. His father is from Belarus and played for both Belarus and the old Soviet Union in international hockey tournaments.
With their highest draft pick since 1980, the Montreal Canadiens made a great selection drafting Alex Galchenyuk third overall. Look for Galchenyuk to be solid, playmaking centre for the Habs in the coming years.