As we expected Alex Galchenyuk got selected earlier today to USA’s World Junior selection camp. Galchenyuk holds a dual citizenship, Russia and USA, he was born and raised in the states while his parents hail from Russia. We expected Alex to make the US roster after racking up 83 points in his phenomenal first OHL season and being drafted 3rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens last June. Galchenyuk got off to a rather slow start this year in the OHL but since then has been absolutely destroying the CHL recording 49 points in 28 games thus far and is basically on pace for 100+ points. Galchenyuk is the current Captain of the Sarina Sting and could be one of the team leaders for this years world junior US squad. You can bet to see Galchenyuk to be centering on of the top two lines for the Americans playing along guys like JT Miller, Stefan Matteau and Mario Lucia.
Brady Vail drafted in the 4th round (94th overall) has been having a good season with the Windsor Spitfires and has put up 27 points in 29 games. Despite showing great qualities of a good two-way forward with good offense Vail did not get a invite to the USA camp today. Vail has slowed down lately in the point producing area and that may one of the factors why he wasn’t invited. All we know is that Vail will be a much improved player next year and will have a great chance at cracking the world junior roster.
Here’s some Galchenyuk Highlights from this season if you haven’t already seen them.
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