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Galchenyuk: Focus now on the future

by Alex Galchenyuk
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 that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hello Everyone.  I want to give you guys a little update and share all the things that have been going on lately.

First of all, I want to start with the OHL playoffs. It was my first time playing in the playoffs, and our team was very motivated to do well and I was obviously even more excited because I was finally back and ready for some action. I felt good out there and wanted to win every game. Unfortunately it didn't end up the way me and my team would have wanted it to, but there was no question we believed in our group and thought we could go deep in the playoffs. Everyone tried very hard and was very upset when it was over. But I would also like to give credit to the Saginaw Spirit; their team played great and so did their goalie.

You know, even looking into the NHL playoffs now, you realize the playoffs are a whole different "season," and anything can happen -- you never know. We just didn't get our bounces back, but overall it was definitely an awesome experience with an awesome group of guys.

I also saw that the final draft rankings from NHL Central Scouting came out. For me personally it's really nice to be in the top five, but I try to not pay much attention to it right now, because I still feel that if I played the whole season I would probably be in a different position right now. But then, on the other hand it really doesn't matter because the thing that matters most is how you get to the next level and how you perform there. Besides, I think in this year's draft there are like six or seven top guys that can go anywhere from 1-7, so it really breaks down to the fact of which team is looking for what type of player so it's all up to the scouts and GMs now.

I will say this: I will be happy with any team, the team that picks me and believes in me. I will be very proud to put their jersey on. It's the NHL.
As of right now, I want to be ready for whatever is ahead of me. I'm really excited about the NHL Scouting Combine that will be at the end of this month. I've been looking it up on YouTube for the last couple of years, watching all the things that they do there, so it will be a lot of fun to get a chance to actually do them myself for the first time.

I'm in Sarnia now, working out, skating and getting ready. I'm not saying that I'm specifically doing the things that will be at the Combine, just doing my normal workouts that I usually do in this time of year.

I'm really looking forward to all the things that the next couple of months will consist of; the excitement just keeps building up. I'm very happy where I am right now. It was a difficult season in every single way for me, but I finished it with a feeling that I did everything I could and came out stronger physically and mentally, which is always a good thing.

I'm blessed to have all the wonderful people that stood by me throughout the whole time and all the support that I got from my teammates, family, friends and fans. Thank you.
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