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Canadiens ink top pick Alex Galchenyuk

Monday, 07.23.2012 / 5:23 PM / News

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens on Monday announced the signing of first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year entry-level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Galchenyuk, 18, played in two regular-season games with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League in 2011-12 due to a knee injury. In the playoffs, Galchenyuk had two goals and two assists in six games. Although he missed nearly the entire season, the Canadiens made him the third player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft last month.

In his first junior season in 2010-11, Galchenyuk ranked third in scoring with the Sting with 83 points and tied for the team lead with 52 assists. Prior to that, he scored 44 goals and had 87 points in 38 games with Chicago of the United States Hockey League.

The Milwaukee native is the son of former Soviet and Belarussian player Alexander Galchenyuk, who now coaches with Sarnia.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery