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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Galchenyuk

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the event, will be putting the spotlight on some of the best and brightest draft-eligible prospects.

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 198 pounds
Shoots: Left
Born: February 12, 1994
Born in: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Played the 2011-12 season with: Sarnia Sting (Ontario Hockey League)

2009-10 CHICAGO MWEHL 38 44 43 87
2010-11 SARNIA OHL 68 31 52 83
2011-12 SARNIA OH 2 0 0 0

NHL Central Scouting: No. 4 among North American skaters
The Hockey News: No. 7
International Scouting Services: No. 16
McKeen’s Hockey: No. 2
Red Line Report: No. 6
TSN: No. 4

NHL Comparison: Marian Hossa
NHL Potential: “Has the size and skill to be a top two center if he recovers fully from missing an entire season.” –Grant McCagg, TSN

A torn ACL injury in a preseason game against the Windsor Spitfires stole all but two games of Alex Galchenyuk’s 2011-12 regular season. Even so, after a spectacular rookie campaign in the Ontario Hockey League, the 18-year-old center is still considered one of the top prospects in the 2012 NHL Draft. Galchenyuk was the fourth U.S.-born player to be selected first overall in the OHL priority draft in 2010. The American center ended his first season in 2010-11 lighting up the OHL with 31 goals (10 power-play tallies), 52 assists and 83 points, finishing second in rookie scoring behind No. 1 prospect and teammate Nail Yakupov. Galchenyuk did return for the final two regular-season games and Sarnia’s first round series against Saginaw Spirit in 2012, accumulating four points (2G-2A) in six games. While there is only a limited sample of Galchenyuk’s play this year, one scout told The Hockey News that he “found [Galchenyuk] to be a highly skilled, talented player,” and was intrigued by his “willingness to work on both sides of the puck.”

“Galchenyuk is a playmaker and a scorer. He’s highly cerebral and processes the game at a high pace with the puck. He finds passes in the neutral and offensive zone, but his shot is equally dangerous.  His snapshot is particularly deadly, which usually results in a red light or creates a juicy rebound… Galchenyuk has the rare ability to put a team on his back and possesses all the tools that could see him play in a top-six NHL rotation.”
-McKeen’s Hockey

His father, Alex Sr., played for Belarus at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and was a member of the Soviet Union team that won the World Junior Championship in 1986. Alex Jr. has chosen to compete for the U.S. internationally.

Galchenyuk was born in Wisconsin, while his father was a center for the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, and has lived overseas in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Russia. He speaks Italian, Russian and English.

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