C’mon man, a six-foot-one, 200-pound centre with skill. I have spent a year being bitterly cynical about Nos Boys but I’m finding it tough not to love this one. Montreal snared Alex Galchenyuk with their third pick.
He finished second in the Ontario Hockey League scoring in 2010-2011 just behind Nail Yakupov with 31 goals and 52 assists playing with the Sarnia Sting. He was only able to play two regular-season games in the past season as the result of a torn ACL.
“To have the most traditional sweater on your back, it’s unbelievable,” said Galchenyuk, in an interview on RDS immediately after being picked third overall by the Montreal Canadiens.
Rather astonishingly – or is it rather depressingly predictably? – the second question on RDS to Galchenyuk was about his profiency in French. Like WTF – Where’s the Food? The guy’s gonna hear that one and immediately ask Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin for a trade.
The big question mark with Galchenyuk is the status of his knee but Trevor Timmins, the Habs amateur scouting director, told RDS that the team’s medical staff checked him out very carefully and everything is fine.
On TSN 990l, Galchenyuk said what he likes about Montreal is “all the tradition, all the fans, the crazy die-hard fans.”
Folks think of Galchenyuk as a Russian player but he was actually born in Milwaukee, and followed his pro-hockey-playing father – who is from Belarus – all over the world, touching down in Germany, Belarus, Russian and the U.S. He wants to play internationally for the U.S.
On the face of it, the pick looks pretty good for the Habs.