Alex Galchenyuk is all kinds of interesting. He’s American, born in Milwaukee. He’s considered a top end prospect for the 2012 draft despite playing in only 2 OHL games this past regular season.
- Corey Pronman: “Prior to the knee injury, Galchenyuk’s skating showed anywhere from above-average to plus with significant improvement over the last year or two. Galchenyuk’s true strengths lie in his puck skills, vision, and overall possession ability. He’s a very talented playmaker who has a pass-first mentality, thinks the game at a high level, and his decisions require little processing time.”
- Dan Marr, Central Scouting: “One element for Galchenyuk is the fact he played last year, and going into this season he was already recognized as one of the top prospects. I think most of the teams are pretty comfortable in knowing the type of player they’ll be getting. Obviously you’d like to see him play during his draft year, but the scouts and general managers are going to be more concerned with how the surgery went, what type of surgery it was and how the recovery process is going along”
- Ross MacLean, ISS: “Galchenyuk is an offensively creative player and is very intelligent around the puck. When he puts the effort in he can really can control the pace of the game and can change the speed of the game. With his offensive side, when you are able to do that kind of stuff with the puck, you don’t get a lot of players with that potential to be dominant.”
- Grant McCagg, tsn: His Belarusian-born father played pro hockey for 24 years on 18 different teams and in more than a dozen leagues, so Milwaukee-born son Alex has been well travelled. Has missed the entire OHL season with a torn ACL he suffered during an OHL exhibition game in mid-September. Strengths: A big, power-forward type with soft hands who is good along the wall, has soft hands and can shoot the puck. Weaknesses: He has missed his entire draft year with a knee injury, so there has been a decided lack of exposure. Teams may be concerned with how he bounces back from the injury.
DESJDARINS NHLE (per 82gp)
- Taylor Hall 17-29-46
- Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11-27-38
- Alex Galchenyuk 11-19-30*
*That’s the 16-year old season for AG, as he was injured this past year. Allowing for typical improvement from 16 to 17, I’d estimate Galchenyuk to be “in the range” of the Nuge. Considering his other assets, that’s a helluva player.
- He has a very nice scouting report, perhaps matching the Oilers better than Nail’s. A big PF with soft hands and creativity, he’s also an intelligent player. That would allow the Oilers to check off several areas of need.
- He didn’t feel any pain when he finally returned from his long layoff, and Galchenyuk seemed to find the range a little during the post-season.
- He is an American, played for them at the Hlinka. So there should be zero concern about losing him to the KHL and the Olympic dream.
- He lost an entire season of development, and I’m not certain scouts can be sure of his complete recovery based on his late season and post season performance. That may hurt his draft number.
- He’s not a huge player for his PF role. Listed at 6.02, 205 on the OHL site, I’ve read differing stats all over the net. He has time to bulk up, but it would be nice to get an accurate read on the vitals.
- Galchenyuk was porridge at the Hlinka, and had scouts scratching their heads a little even before the injury.
- A big, bold center would be a dynamite addition for the Oilers. They could send him back to junior–it’s unlikely his drafting team will push Galchenyuk due to the lost season–and bring him along at 19 or 20.
- He’s a Feb ’94–both Yakupov and Murray are fall ’93s–and there’s probably a few more gears of development here.
- The big issue in my opinion is the inury. Whereas Yakupov and Murray came back and played extended periods after injury, Galchenyuk didn’t get much game action and his performance did not set aside worries.
- He could slide, but I think anything below 4th overall for this player sets up a “draft steal” scenario. On the other hand, the injury was severe and recovery uncertain. No guts, no glory.
ALEX GALCHNYUK WILL BE SELECTED INSIDE THE TOP 10 OVERALL