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2012 NHL Draft Class: Alex Galchenyuk

Sarnia Sting centre, talks about his combine experience over the weekend.

Monday, 04.06.2012 / 11:01 AM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

There were many questions surrounding the projected fourth-ranked North American skater, Alex Galchenyuk. The 18-year-old currently plays for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL and although he has spent a lot of time in Moscow, Russia, he considers himself to be American as he was born in Wisconsin.

Galchenyuk was drafted first overall at the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting. It was his impressive final season of minor hockey with the U16 Chicago Young Americans when he recorded 44 goals and 43 assists that put him at the top of the list. In his first season with the Sting, he put up 31 goals and 52 assists in 68 games. His teammate Nail Yakupov is ranked to go number one overall at this year's 2012 NHL Draft. The two go hand in hand when it comes to putting points up for the  Sting.

Galchenyuk hit a stretch of bad luck the following pre-season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee forcing him to get surgery to repair the knee immediately, benching him for all but the final two games of the season and four playoff games.

"It was really difficult but it's life," he told media on Friday's at the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto. "Last year I played 68 games- I didn't miss a single game and didn't miss a single practice. This year was a good lesson a good experience for me and I take it really seriously and I also take it positively. I was positive that I could come back and I believed in myself.

"I felt pretty bad sometimes because you see on the TV all the rankings and you can't do anything but sit on the couch with your crutches. It was really tough sometimes but at the end of the day it's not about the rankings, it's about playing in the NHL."

The combine is where the athletes go through a number of fitness and strength tests to see where they are at physically as well as sit through a number of NHL interviews where they are tested mentally. Galchenyuk did a great job of showcasing how well he has healed and bounced back from his injury as he topped the charts in the anaerobic peak power output test. This test measures how explosive of a skater he is. He finished in first place with 15.6 watts/kg.

The hardest part of the testing?

"The bikes," he said. "The players that have been here before say the bikes are the hardest and that is absolutely true- they are by far the hardest."

Galchenyuk cracked a smile when the simple question of, 'are you happy it's over? came out on Friday.

"Yes, of course! Now all the fun starts, I'm really looking forward to the draft. It's been great to see the NHL logo all over the place here. Since I was a little kid I wanted to play in the NHL, it was my dream. To be involved with the teams and the media and seeing the teams walking around was cool. As a kid you watch them on TV and now we get to talk to them, it was really exciting."

Like many young players, Galchenyuk has his own twitter account these days. He is quite active using it and was asked by media how much fun he has with it.

"I think a lot of people have been following along leading up to the combine," he said.  "You want to have as many followers as you can, and it's been fun for me as a young guy to see what other people say. It's nice for people to share their experiences and I share my experiences. I think twitter is really cool."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01