Alex Galchenyuk is a forward for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot, 198-pound forward was born in Milwaukee but is of Russian decent -- his father, Alexander, spent five of his 22 professional seasons playing in the U.S. Alex was the first pick of the 2010 OHL draft, and last season had 31 goals and 52 assists in 68 games. He had 2 goals and an assist in five games for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and returned to take part in the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in August. Despite suffering a major knee injury that nearly ended his season before it really began, Galchenyuk has maintained a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
It's been a long season but I'm really happy now. I'm on my way to Toronto for the Scouting Combine.
That means the draft is almost here. I've been waiting and looking forward to this all my life and now it's all starting and no words can describe the feeling of excitement that I have.
To be honest I really don't know what to expect at the Combine but I think it might be a little similar to the Research and Development Camp in August, in terms of the atmosphere and with all the media and all the GMs of the teams. I think it will be an awesome experience, and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm sure I'll be talking to a lot of teams over the next few days, and then I'll have the physical testing. But keep checking here and I'll keep you all updated with what I'm doing and how it's going.