NHL Draft 2012: Montreal Canadiens Select Alex Galchenyuk With No. 3 Pick

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: It was impossible to wipe the smile off of Alex Galchenyuk's face tonight. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With the No. 3 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens have selected Alex Galchenyuk, a center from the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

Galchenyuk played in only two regular season games and six playoff games during the 2011-12 OHL season due to a knee injury suffered in a pre-season game. He recorded four points in his limited playoff action. Last season, Galchenyuk recorded 83 points in 68 games, playing with fellow top prospect Nail Yakupov.

His father, Alex Sr., played for Belarus at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano. His son was born while Alex Sr. was playing for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, and Galchenyuk will compete internationally for the United States in the future.

The Sarnia centerman is known for having a high hockey IQ, and his fairly consistent point total in the Ontario Hockey League post-season shows that his injury didn't hurt his effectiveness.

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