Alex Galchenyuk looks at this three-day Montreal Canadiens development camp as a learning experience.
“I’m here just being the player I am — learning and training to become a better player.” said Galchenyuk following a morning dry-land session at Brossard, and before the 14 prospects took to the ice for a late-afternoon session at the Canadiens’ practice facility.
Galchenyuk will wear number 27 during development came — because it was a number that happened to be available. Could we see number 27 on the ice when regular training camp breaks and the Canadiens are set to open the season?
“There are three months to go before training camp, it’s a long summer,” said Galchenyuk. I’m just working day to day and I’ll see where it takes me.”
I asked Galchenyuk how his life has changed since the Canadiens made him their first-round pick earlier this month in Pittsburgh: He talked about the excitment of being part of the most historic team in the NHL. “I’m really proud of it,” he added.
“And I have more Twitter followers.”
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The Canadiens have signed hard-luck, gritty forward Ryan White to a one-year deal worth $687,500.
White spent the last month in Montreal. I caught up to him at the Winnipeg airport as he was making his way back to his off-season home in Brandon, Manitoba.
“It feels great,” said White. “I’m excited to be back with the Montreal Canadiens. It’s another opportunity to show what I can do.”
White missed most of last season after suffering a sports hernia at training camp. However, he was able to come back for the final 20 games of the season, chipping in with three assists.
“It was tough,” said White. “It was definitely a learning year for me. At the end of the season it was nice to get back and play.”
White said on the mental side of things, the injury made him stronger as a person and a player and will make him a little hungrier on the ice.
“I want to have a good showing this year and play 80 games — show everyone I can do it.”
Meanwhile, the Canadiens have announced that 14 players have been invited to take part in phase two of development camp, Thurs.-Sat. at Brossard.
Centre Alex Galchenyuk will be among those on hand. He was Montreal’s first-round pick, third overall, in this month’s NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.
All on-ice sessions are open to the public.
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Jacques Beaulieu says it was a great feeling to watch the Montreal Canadiens select Alex Galchenyuk as the number three overall pick in the opening round of the NHL Entry Draft.
Beaulieu is the head coach and general manager of Alex’s junior team, the Sarnia Sting. He joined me this morning from Pittsburgh on Dave’s World on CJAD.
“Alex is a pretty special kid,” said Beaulieu. “We’re very proud of him and what he’s accomplished so far in his junior career. If he would have played all year he would have pushed alot of people to go first overall, along with Nail (Yakupov). Montreal is real, real lucky to have a young man like this playing for them in the near future.”
Beaulieu said Alex was very focussed on his rehab after tearing up his ACL and came back four and-one-half months after an injury that usually takes six months to heal.
“He was very dedicated to his rehab and did all of the things he had to do to come back in our lineup in the playoffs to try and help our team win. You guys are going to love him.”
Jacques is Nathan Beaulieu’s dad and draft-day yesterday took him back to draft day one year ago in Minnesota, when the Canadiens made Nathan Beaulieu their first-round pick, 17th overall.
“It made me think of when Nathan put that jersey on. It’s a very proud moment for all the families and the kids and especially to be drafted to Montreal. It’s unbelievable and it’s a feeling we’ll never forget.”
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Tonight, from 6-7 on CJAD and webcasting on CJAD.COM, TSN Sports Legal Analyst Eric Macramalla (@EricOnSportsLaw) joins me to discuss his latest blog post regarding Marc Crawford http://offsidesportsblog.blogspot.ca/
Hockey analyst John Shannon from Sportsnet checks in as we look back at Bob Hartley’s decision to say “thanks but no thanks” to the Montreal Canadiens — opting to sign a three-year deal with the Calgary Flames. We also look ahead to Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final between the Devils and Kings.
And we’ll hear from a number of NHL prospects, including Alex Galchenyuk and Malcolm Subban, who have wrapped up a week at the NHL Draft Combine in Toronto.
We also read your tweets and take your calls, tonight from 6-7 p.m., in The Locker Room.
Centre Alex Galchenyuk’s bags are packed as he heads to Toronto for the start of the NHL Combine tomorrow — a precursor to the NHL Entry Draft that will be held June 22nd in Pittsburgh.
Galchenyuk has wrapped up a strong junior career with the Sarnia Sting. Despite coming off knee surgery that wiped out most of this season, Galchenyuk is pegged to go in the top 5 in many draft lists. He admits that as June 22nd approaches, he’s hearing, reading, and seeing more about draft day.
Galchenyuk admits he’s “into it,” but, adds, “I don’t really pay attention to it. It doesn’t matter right now. What matters is how you perform at the next level. For me, I’m just enjoying this experience.”
Another junior expected to go top five, and as high as number one in the draft, is Galchenyuk’s Sarnia teammate Nail Yakupov. Galchenyuk says the two haven’t been comparing heading into Draft Day. “I’ll see him at the combine and we’ll obviously talk there.”
Galchenyuk joined me in The Locker Room tonight to look ahead to next week’s NHL Combine and next month’s Entry Draft.
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I caught up to Alex Galchenyuk recently as he prepares to pack his bags for the NHL Combine in Toronto, that gets underway Monday. He told me he’s trying not to get too caught up in the hype leading up to the June 22nd NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.
Make sure you join me tomorrow night when Alex joins me in The Locker Room on CJAD 800 and CJAD.COM, 6-7 p.m. Eastern.
Unless GM Marc Bergevin does some wheeling and dealing ahead of the draft, the Canadiens will draft third — with a real possibility that they could select the big centreman with the Sarnia Sting.
Centre Alex Galchenyuk admits draft day 2012 has been on his mind in recent days.
Galchenyuk is expected to emerge as a high, first-round pick at the June 22nd NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, despite a torn ACL that required surgery and wiped out most of his Ontario Hockey League season as a member of the Sarnia Sting.
Galchenyuk says he has spoken to several NHL teams in recent months, including the Canadiens, who will draft third. ”I spoke to the (Canadiens) head scout,” Galchenyuk said from Sarnia. It was a good meeting.”
Galchenyuk has never spent any time in Montreal. He says he’d love to come here, but acknowledges where he lands is out of his hands. “Those things I can’t really control. I did what I had to do — I came back. It’s not on me any more.”
In the meantime, Galchenyuk says the knee “is great.” ”When I came back, it was awesome,” he said. “I was waiting for so long.”
Listen to this candid conversation with engaging and talented Alex Galchenyuk, as he talks about his relationship with his teammate, and another top prospect, Nail Yakupov.