The 2012 Draft Thread (con't.) - 12, 21, 42, 44, 73, 133, 163, 193, 204
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06-13-2012, 12:05 PM
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3. Alex Galchenyuk, centre, Sarnia Sting (OHL) — Despite only suiting up for eight games this year because of a major knee injury, Galchenyuk is still regarded as one of the top prospects of this year's draft crop because of his outstanding rookie season with the Sting the year before. He scored 31 goals and 83 points in 68 games, not bad for a kid who was barely old enough to drive a car.
The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are rumoured to be very interested in the 6-foot-2, 205-pound centre.
Therefore, since the Canadiens hold the third pick and the Leafs hold the fifth pick, Galchenyuk seems poised to don an NHL jersey very early at the draft.
Scout's take: "Alex has all the makings of a top-line centre at the next level," says Matt Moran, scout for OHL's Central Scouting. "If he had been healthy all year I think he'd be a sure fire top-3 pick. He has a big, strong frame and a great hockey IQ. While he doesn't have an incredibly explosive stride, he gets to top speed pretty quickly and can dazzle in tight spaces. During his rookie year in the OHL he showed the ability to completely take over a game, which is rare for a first year player in our league. As good of an offensive talent as he is, Alex is also responsible in his own end."
It would appear that the Sabres need to get to 1 or 2 to get Galchenyuk.
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