Sarnia Sting unveil top pick
The Sarnia Sting have announced Alexander Galchenyuk as the number one pick in the OHL entry draft.
The 16-year-old hockey sensation was unveiled by the club Friday. The U.S. player has strong ties to Moscow, with his father Alexander Galchenyuk Sr. having laced up the skates for the famed Moscow Dynamo.
Galchenyuk Sr. also squared off against Wayne Gretzky and the rest of the Canadian squad at the 1991 Canada Cup.
On hand for the announcement Friday in Sarnia was Russian hockey legend and NHL hockey hall of famer Igor Larionov. Larionov works for the agency that represents the young up and comer.
Galchenyuk, who hails from Milwaukee, scored 87 points (44 goals, 43 assists) in 38 games for the Chicago Young Americans last year in the U.S. Tier 1 Midget League, dwarfing the league runner-up by 33 points.
The six-foot-one, 180-pound forward is the fourth American to go No. 1 in the OHL draft.
The Sting organization said drafting the young sniper was a no-brainer.
"The first time I saw Alexander play I knew he was a special player," said Sting head scout Jim Debenham in a statement. "He is one of the most dominating players I have seen in this age group."
The last time the organization had the first overall pick in 2006 the Sting drafted Steven Stamkos, who was taken first overall in the NHL entry draft in 2008 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.