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Alex Galchenyuk might be worth the risk: Tuesday’s coast-to-coast

Neate Sager
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WHL

TSN's Craig Button has released his final draft list; boosters of WHL defenders Matt Dumba and Morgan Rielly will quite like it. (TSN)

Getting to Kelowna Rockets captain Colton Sissons, a possible NHL first-round pick. (Backhand Shelf)

The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed two of their high picks from the bantam draft. (Kent Reporter)

Big-bodied right wing Glenn Gawdin, the No. 5 overall pick in the bantam draft, has signed with Swift Current. (Richmond Review)

The Canadian Hockey League will look at the import rule, but it's doubtful it will be changed. Excuse the editorializing, but doesn't allowing two Europeans per team make it easier for the player who's far from home by having a teammate in the same situation? (Luber's Lounge)

OHL

There is risk involved with drafting Sarnia Sting centre Alex Galchenyuk, but it could be so worth it, says Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman. (CBS New York)

The MasterCard Memorial Cup runner-up London Knights have made a contract offer to 19-year-old USHL forward Alex Broadhurst. (Metro London)

Defensive defenceman Alex Gudbranson, whose draft stock slipped this season in Kingston, has been picked up by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Frontenacs got a 2013 second-round choice in the swap. (Sault Star)

Fronts GM Doug Gilmour said he made the deal to open up playing time for incoming 16-year-old defenders Roland McKeown and Dylan Di Perna. Kingston is also planning to use its No. 6 overall import pick. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

The Windsor Spitfires have taken a "flyer" by picking up the rights to Bowling Green-bound forward Brett D'Andrea. (Windsor Star)

By adding 18-year-old Brandon Hope, the Owen Sound Attack have no shortage of potential backups for St. Louis Blues-drafted goalie Jordan Binnington. (Owen Sound Sun Times)

New York Islanders first-rounder Ryan Strome needs to show next season he can produce in high-pressure situations, writes Jess Rubenstein. (The Prospect Park)

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Strome, brother of the Niagara standout, is headed to the Allstate All-Canadian camp in July. (Mississauga News)

The Belleville Bulls signed the 10th overall pick, forward Niki Petti. (Belleville Intelligencer)

QMJHL

The Gatineau Olympiques have a new No. 1 goalie after trading with Acadie-Bathurst for Robert Steeves — although it cost them promising youngster Raphael Lafontaine. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts overage defenceman Martin Lefebvre is among several juniors skating at a workout being held by the Montreal Canadiens, but he doesn't expect to be drafted at his age. (Le Soleil)

The Rimouski Océanic have wooed 6-foot-4 left wing Frédérik Gauthier and defenceman Maxime Gravel away from the NCAA path. What did it for Gauthier? Well, a call from Océanic alumnus Sidney Crosby helped. (Le Soleil)

The Shawinigan Cataractes' disassembling is taking place off the ice as well as on it. Team president Réal Breton is as good as gone, possibly for a job with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. (Le Nouvelliste)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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