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Sarnia Sting announce plans to take Galchenyuk first overall in OHL draft

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TORONTO - The Sarnia Sting put an end to the suspense Friday, announcing they will select American forward Alex Galchenyuk with the first pick in the OHL priority draft.

The Sting will make the pick official when the annual draft begins Saturday morning.

Galchenyuk, a 16-year-old from Milwaukee, dominated the U.S. Tier 1 Midget League, scoring 87 points (44 goals, 43 assists) in 38 games for the Chicago Young Americans. He finished 33 points ahead of the league runner-up.

The six-foot-one, 180-pound forward will be the fourth American to go No. 1 in the OHL draft, joining Pat Peake (1990), Patrick O'Sullivan (2001) and Rob Schremp (2002).

Sting head scout Jim Debenham said the selection of Galchenyuk was a no-brainer.

"The first time I saw Alexander play I knew he was a special player," Debenham said in a statement. "He is one of the most dominating players I have seen in this age group."

The Sting haven't chosen first overall since 2006, when they made Steven Stamkos the top pick. Stamkos enjoyed a stellar OHL career, and was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Belleville Bulls have the No. 2 pick, followed by the Oshawa Generals, the Owen Sound Attack and the Sudbury Wolves.

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