Alex Galchenyuk
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Alex Galchenyuk

Hometown:

Milwaukee Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-02-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (3rd overall), 2012

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2009-10: Alex Galchenyuk played for the Chicago Young Americans of the MWEHL. In 38 games, he scored 44 goals and added 43 assists for 87 points to go along with 56 penalty minutes. Galchenyuk was drafted in the first round, 1st overall, of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection by the Sarnia Sting.

2010-11: In his OHL rookie season, Galchenyuk played in 68 games for the Sting. He scored 31 goals and added 52 assists for 83 points. Galchenyuk was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team for his efforts. Gallchenyuk was chosen in the second round, 25th overall, of the 2011 KHL Draft by Atlant Mytishchi.

2011-12: Galchenyuk missed all but the final two games of the regular season while recovering from a serious knee injury. He played in all six playoff games for the Sarnia Sting in their first round playoff series with Saginaw. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was minus-4 in two regular contests. Galchenyuk scored a power play goal in the first game of the Saginaw series and had points in the first three games – finishing the series with 2 goals, 2 assists and minus-6. Despite his injury, Galchenyuk was ranked fourth amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Galchenyuk made a successful jump from junior hockey to the NHL following the lockout. He won a bronze medal with the USA at the 2013 IIHF World Championship and a gold medal playing for the USA in the 2013 World Junior Championship. Among the leading rookie scorers, he skated in all 48 games for the Canadiens, scoring 9 goals with 18 assists, and was +14 with 20 penalty minutes. In Montreal's playoff series against Ottawa he scored 1 goal with 2 assists in five games and was -4. He played 33 games for the OHL's Sarnia Sting during the lockout, scoring 27 goals with 34 assists, and was +16 with 22 penalty minutes. Galchenyuk scored 2 goals in four games at the World Championship and scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC.

 

Talent Analysis

Galchenyuk has excellent offensive skills, vision, hockey sense, character along with a deep desire and commitment to be the NHL's best player. He has high-end offensive talent to go along with a strong work ethic and a willingness to pay attention to the defensive side of the game. The big centerman needs to improve his first step acceleration, strength, physicality and defensive zone positioning to be successful centerman at the NHL level. His potential is a franchise player and possibly an elite star in the NHL.

 

 

Future

Galchenyuk will be pushing hard to get more ice time in the top-six forward group of the Canadiens' line-up and should avoid the sophomore jinx due to his excellent work ethic. He's not yet ready to be a full-time NHL centerman but could see time at the position later this year if his development goes well. The talented forward will probably find his way onto the team's first power play unit as early as this coming season.

 

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