March 16, 2012
Are Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov ever going to play a game together?
With fellow superstar in utero Nail Yakupov already injured, Galchenyuk's second game of the season since rejoining the Sarnia Sting after rehabbing a surgically repaired knee was cut short by an arm injury.
In front of a big crowd in London in a nationally televised contest, Galchenyuk, as the London Free Press' Ryan Pyette described it, "left in the second period after falling to the ice in pain in the wake of a defensive zone faceoff against London rookie Max Domi. He was clutching his shoulder as he left the ice."
One could only imagine the fear racing through a lot of observers' minds, given that Galchenyuk has missed nearly the whole season after tearing up his knee on a freak play in September. However, Mark Edwards of Hockey Prospect spoke with Galchenyuk after the Sting's 3-2 loss in London. The early indictations are that the 18-year-old, whom many believe could still be a top-10 or even a NHL lottery pick despite a write-off season, should be fine.
— Mark Edwards (@MarkEdwardsHP) March 17, 2012
That is a relief to Galchenyuk and the Sting, excuse the attempt to win the understatement of the year contest. National Hockey League scouts are already hedging on whether it will be wise to invest a high first-round pick in a player with an injury history. No one denies his talent, but he is having a tough time getting a chance to show it this season. Meanwhile, the Sting say it's uncertain if Yakupov will return in time for the start of their first-round series against the Owen Sound Attack.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.