Alex Galchenyuk is certainly a blue-chipper, but his path to the NHL was far from ordinary for young super-talented players. First of all Galchenyuk’s father is Alexandar Galchenyuk who played professionally in Europe for about a decade. Galchenyuk was born in Belgium, raised in Russia and came over to the United State at age 15. Following an OHL season in which he scored no goals in only 2 games played, Galchenyuk was taken #3 overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadians. The Canadians were sold on the Belarusian-American’s mix of size – 6’2 205 – and skill – the prior season Galchenyuk scored 31 goals and 52 assists in 68 games played,
earning a selection to the OHL’s All-Rookie team along with Sarnia teammate Nail Yakapov – the top overall selection in the 2012 draft.
Galchenyuk came to the Sarnia Sting in 2010 through the OHL Priority Draft where he was the 1st overall selection coming from the Chicago Young Americans Midget AAA team in the MWEHL, widely considered the top midget AAA league in the United States. In his one season in the MWEHL Galchenyuk lead the league in scoring with a 44-43-87 line in 38 games played.
Galchenyuk Sr. was in the headlines back in 2011 when he was apparently displeased that his son was passed over by Belarusian KHL team Dinamo-Minsk in the 1st round of the KHL draft, instead going to Moscow Oblast with the 25th overall selection.
Last season Galchenyuk began the year with Sarnia because of the lockout and posted a 27-34-61 line in 33 games played. When the NHL season began he immediately joined the Canadians and scored 9 goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 48 NHL games played. Galchenyuk is a dual-citizen, but there is no longer any doubt which country he will represent in international play. In 2012 Galchenyuk started the year off by winning a gold medal with the Team USA World Junior squad posting a 2-6-8 line in 7 games played and finished it by playing for Team USA at the World Championships where the team had a strong showing and Galchenyuk put up a 2-0-2 line in 4 games played.