Alex Galchenyuk vs. His 2012 Draft Class

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Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Alexander Alexandrovich Galchenyuk (more commonly known as Alex Galchenyuk) is a 6’1″ tall, 203lbs forward drafted third overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to the Montreal Canadiens. Galchenyuk was born in Milwaukee, USA to Belarusian parents. Galchenyuk spent his Junior A hockey career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting, tallying 144 points in 103 games with the team before being drafted in the top 3, along with Sting teammate Nail Yakupov who went first overall in the draft who posted 170 points in 127 games with the same team. It has been nearly two years since June 22nd, 2012 when Galchenyuk put the Montreal Canadiens jersey on for the first time so it is time that we make an early career comparison to his 2012 draft class which consisted of some key players to their respective teams such as Yakupov, Maatta, Hertl and Rielly.

 

In 2012, 211 players were drafted and 24 of them have played at least 1 game in the NHL to this date. Of those 24 players, 21 of them were selected in the top 100 and 18 of them come from the first round selection list. Two of the top 3 have played at least 110 games and only one top five pick is yet to play an NHL game (Griffin Reinhart/New York Islanders). Let’s take a look at how Alex Galchenyuk’s number of games played compares to the top of his class:

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Photo: Zachery E/AATH
Info: hockeydb.com

 

To this date, 18 of the 24 players selected have scored at least one goal in their young NHL careers. Although keep in mind that two of the six that have not scored goals are goaltenders and the skaters have only played between 2 to 7 games. It is no secret that Galchenyuk’s contributions have been a factor in many Canadiens victories. Now compare it to the rest of his 2012 draft class:

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Photo: Zachery E/AATH
Info: hockeydb.com

 

Of course, the number of goals does not tell the entire story when it comes to contributions. Many greats such as Wayne Gretzky had so many assists that it caused 69% of his career points, or Mark Messier where 63% of his career points were from assists. Of the 2012 draftees, nine of them already have 10+ assists in their career. Although, Galchenyuk has 36. Take a look at where Galchenyuk’s 36 points places in the top assisters in this draft:

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Photo: Zachery E/AATH
Info: hockeydb.com

 

Many can make the argument that these statistics are a little misleading because a player such as Tom Wilson has played 82 games (10 points) might not neccessarily be a better hockey player Cody Ceci who has played 49 games and has accumulated 9 points in the process. Of course, that is only an example. Well for those of you that feel this way, All About The Habs has you covered. We have a statistics chart below for “Points Per Game (PPG)” for players that have played at least 10 games. Playing at least ten games is an important piece of information to keep in mind because if number of games didn’t matter, than a player like Cedric Paquette who has 1 point in 2 games for Tampa Bay would be third on this list.

Photo: Zachery E/AATH Info: hockeydb.com

Photo: Zachery E/AATH
Info: hockeydb.com

 

All About The Habs will leave you with one last piece of statistical information on this article and that is penalty minutes. Not every player is selected for the goal scoring or play making abilities. Some are taken for the fact that they can enforce. As we step away from the points category, we move into the penalty minutes category.

Photo: Zachery E/AATH Info: hockeydb.com

Photo: Zachery E/AATH
Info: hockeydb.com

 

Many look forward to the future of the Canadiens’ Alex Galchenyuk and clearly it is deserved. We can only imagine what this man will bring to the team in the future.

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Zachery Ellis (250 Posts)

I am a third year Sport Management student from Southern Ontario with a passion for all things Montreal Canadiens hockey. Follow me on Twitter: @ZEllis96


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