The Sarnia Sting made it official on Saturday, selecting American forward Alex Galchenyuk with the first pick in the Ontario Hockey League priority draft.
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 is the fourth American to go No. 1 in the OHL draft, joining Pat Peake (1990), Patrick O'Sullivan (2001) and Rob Schremp (2002).
The Sting announced on Friday their intentions to pick Galchenyuk first overall.
Brendan Gaunce, 16, went second overall to the Belleville Bulls. The six-foot-two, 210-pound forward from the Markham Waxers was the highest-scoring AAA minor midget hockey player in Ontario with 55 goals and 93 assists for 148 points in 86 games.
The Oshawa Generals, meanwhile, picked forward Scott Laughton third. The six-foot-one, 170-pound centre from the Toronto Marlboros, had 55 goals and 40 assists for 95 points in 76 games last season with the Marlies minor midget team.
Jarrod Maidens went to the Owen Sound Attack, who held the fourth pick in the first round. The six-foot-one, 170-pound forward, played with the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs where he collected 63 goals and 41 assists for 104 points in 57 games played.
The Sudbury Wolves took Matthew Campagna of the Toronto Young Nationals with their fifth pick. His teammate, Jesse Graham, went next to the Niagara IceDogs.