Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Wild Card: The Galchenyuk Scouting Report

With the Oilers winning the draft lottery there are likely only 3 players to consider drafting at #1. Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, or Mikhail Grigorenko. Listed below are a few scouting reports on the wild card pick, Alex Galchenyuk.

The Scouting Report - Mid Term 
LC Alex Galchenyuk – Sarnia (OHL)
DOB: Feb. 12/94 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 200lbs
For a player who was primed to make a run at the top spot, Galchenyuk’s season has been derailed by a pre-season knee injury that will keep him out for at least another month. Galchenyuk is not overly dynamic, but his elusive style of play is very comparable to Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Galchenyuk has good size and does a great job of stickhandling and weaving in and out of traffic. He has a great shot and a deceptive release and a goal scorer’s instinct that simply cannot be taught. He’s certainly a wildcard right now, but his upside is just as high as anyone in this draft.

Position: Centre Team: Sarnia (OHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 198 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 12, 1994 From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
GP G A PTS +/-
0 0 0 0 0
Grant McCagg,
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. He had scouts drooling last season with 83 points as an OHL rookie at 16. Strengths: A big, power-forward type winger 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. NHL upside: has the size and skill to be a top two centre if he recovers fully from missing an entire season.

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