Scouts flocking to Sarnia to see the Sting’s dynamic draft eligible duo will only be able to get half their work done.
That’s because star centre Alex Galchenyuk, slotted third in Future Considerations October ranking for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been shelved for upwards of six weeks.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it might only be a month, or a month-and-a-half,” Sting coach/GM Jacques Beaulieu told The Observer. “He’s not doing anything for the next two weeks — no exercise and no walking on it.”
Galchenyuk, who suffered what was thought to be a minor knee injury in the team’s final exhibition game prior to the start of the season, has yet to be officially diagnosed as the team has been given inconsistent reports on the severity of the injury. He will visit the Fowler clinic in London later this week for an assessment.
In his absense, Nail Yakupov has three goals and nine points in four games.
Galchenyuk is the second draft eligible Ontario Hockey League player to suffer a setback this early in the season. Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech is also out up-to six weeks after suffering a wrist injury earlier this week.