It never came to be largely thanks to Galchenyuk's collision with a goal post during an exhibition game in September that cost the 18-year-old centre all but a handful of games skating alongside Yakupov with the Sarnia Sting. Might have it been a reprise of Taylor vs. Tyler from two years ago? Yakupov plays the right side, not the left side, but he is the scoring winger with skill and speed who is the more developed physical package thanks in part to an earlier birthday à la Taylor Hall in 2009-10. Galchenyuk could have been cast as the playmaking centre with the higher upside and more all-around game like Tyler Seguin showed that season with the Ontario Hockey League's
Yakupov's status as NHL Central Scouting and several other scouting services' top North American prospect for the NHL draft is justified, as BTN's Kelly Friesen detailed this morning. (This a strictly a sidebar to that post.) Yet HockeyProspect is willing to get out in front and say Galchenyuk should be the guy at the top of the draft list.
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Alex is an extremely skilled player, who missed nearly six months of action with a knee injury. "Alex was right there in our pre-season discussions about who might be the No. 1 prospect for this year's draft," says HockeyProspect.com scout Ryan Yessie. Ryan lives in Sarnia, and had over 40 live viewings of Alex before his injury. "We felt Alex had everything needed to be that No. 1 prospect. It was very disappointing to see him go down with this injury, and we feel that although he only played a few games, he proved what we believe to have the most upside at the NHL level of any prospect."