If there is a true “wild card” prospect for the forthcoming 2012 NHL Draft, that player would have to be center Alex Galchenyuk of the OHL's Sarnia Sting. Galchenyuk has been been rated anywhere from first overall to the mid-teen's by various scouting services, so it is anyone's guess right now where the talented forward will land in the pecking order.
By now, Galchenyuk's story is familiar – a highly regarded prospect heading into the 2011-12 season who then suffered an injury that caused him to miss virtually all of the regular season. He appeared in just eight games total including the playoffs, picking up two goals and two assists in six playoff games.
Scouts obviously have little intel to work with when it comes Galchenyuk. He did turn in a strong rookie season in 2010-11, where he picked up 31 goals and 52 assists for 83 points in 68 regular season games. If an NHL brain trust, specifically one making their pick in the top 5 of the draft, is satisfied that Galchenyuk has overcome his injury while also making further progress with his game, then the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native should almost certainly have his number called very early in the proceedings.
Galchenyuk took part in the 2012 NHL Combine without incident. He topped one testing metric, the Peak Power Output in the Anaerobic Fitness category, but did not finish in the top 10 in any of the other test measurements.
Following his testing session, Galchenyuk spoke with the media about his season and about the coming NHL Draft.