Liveblog: Canadiens draft Galchenyuk, Malcolm Subban to Boston


High risk, high reward.

The kid is coming off a serious preseason knee injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

But there is a HUGE upside.

AUDIO from Pittsburgh: Alex Galchenyuk | Marc Bergevin

Comparing Galchenyuk to NHL stars. Would you settle for an Anze Kopitar clone?

Galchenyuk on Twitter: @AGally94

Here’s a scouting report. And some video:


  1. EricInStL says:

    The NHL draft is quickly replacing the trade deadline as the time to do deals

  2. Stormin says:

    This just in Weber traded to Philly for a steak and cheese sandwich

  3. Bill says:

    OMG trade up to get Teravainen!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  4. Psycho29 says:

    Nice towel, lady!

  5. jedimyrmidon says:

    So Buffalo and Washington, teams with two picks in mid first round have Grigorenko and Forsberg magically fall to them. They probably could not have imagined a better scenario. It’s pretty much perfect for them.

  6. Adidess says:

    @ b_b_r
    I hope you’re joking. What did the kid do to rile you up like that other than answering smilingly and confidently to questions asked of him?

  7. D Mex says:

    McGuire decrees the Swedes are ” now ” bonafide producers of NHL talent :
    quick, someone tell Naslund, Lidstrom, Forsberg, Sundin …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  8. gmd says:

    Can’t wait to see Galchenyuk vs. Grigorenko when the two teams meet.

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Ouch. This guy can hurt us six times a year.

    He almost slid all the way to #33 though…

  10. Bill says:

    Forsberg went to the Caps, Grigorenko to the Sabres, Teravainen is nect …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  11. Marc10 says:

    There goes Fosberg…

    It will be interesting to see how these guys develop. WAS did a great job of fleecing the Avs with the Varlamov trade…

  12. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Can’t stand the off ice PK..what an ego

  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    Doing ten pushups is tougher than it sounds.

  14. habsfan0 says:

    if Habs manage to draft Malcolm Subban, will PK join him on stage?

  15. jedimyrmidon says:

    Washington gets Forsberg >.< Wow, do they ever seem to have quality players just fall into their lap. Scary.

  16. EricInStL says:

    Hey McPhee why so serious ????

  17. Un Canadien errant says:

    I don’t think we should get carried away about a good forward falling all the way to #33. As of now, no one has been drafted that was projected to be taken in the second round or later. So there’s a bit of musical chairs going on, but Messrs Forsberg and Faksa and Grigorenko will start flying off the board now.

    • Chris says:

      Exactly. 🙂

    • Bun E. Laroque says:

      Point well taken, nevertheless mathematically speaking the more defencemen that get taken the more of a chance there will be a desirable forward available. 33rd is still pretty close to a first round pick

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Yeah, but all that is happening is guys who were projected to go 5-10 are trading places with guys who were going to go 11-15. Net gain is nil so far. Cusp guys like Stefan Matteau and Martin Frk and Mike Matheson are not any more likely to drop in our laps.

  18. commandant says:




    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

  19. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Trade Eller & Webber for a second it now Marc

  20. Sean Bonjovi says:

    A team like Tampa with the #10 pick could get locked into the idae of taking a defenceman and make a list of 6 or 7 guys they can probably get then end taking the 8th defenceman. Maybe they had their guy ranked higher than some of the D who went before him, but the may have just stubbornly picked the wrong guy because he plays the right position.

  21. Bill says:

    Bergevin could show a bold streak by making a trade to get Grigorenko, Forsberg, or Teravainen.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  22. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Would be nice to get another pick right now the slick Finn or Foresberg…do it Marc

  23. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    It was very classy of Marc Bergevin to allow Trevor Timmins to call out the selection… I have been really impressed by him

  24. HabFab says:

    For all of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a DRESS and the kid plus PK are nice too 😉

  25. Chris says:

    How sad would it be if Washington comes out of tonight with Ribeiro, Grigorenko and one of Forsberg or Teravainen? 😀

    They pick 11th and 16th.

    • Dr.Rex says:

      Sad for them perhaps………..Ribs is trouble, Forsberg is unspectacular and Tera is shorter then the free stack of buttermilk pancakes at Pancake house on Monday mornings before 7.

      • Chris says:

        Ribeiro hasn’t been that much trouble since he left Montreal. And he is a 55-65 point guy every season. We’re hoping Galchenyuk can do that.

        Throw Forsberg (who I’m willing to bet you haven’t watch play) and Teravainen onto the Capitals in a couple of years with that defence corps, Holtby and of course Ovechkin/Backstrom.

        The Capitals may be the big winners of the night.

    • Dr.Rex says:

      oh and Grigs is clearly the Angelo Esposito of this draft.

      • Chris says:

        And Beaulieu was the Angelo Esposito of last year’s draft, but I’m willing to bet most Habs fans are glad that everybody else got cold feet.

        Time will tell on Grigorenko, Beaulieu and all these kids.

  26. Marc10 says:

    Mock drafts seem well off across the board. I’m keen to see what we end up with in the second round. Timmins must be happy as he has to have guys on his list that could make it to his second selection.

    Who needs Dmen? We gots some… Looking to move up.

  27. Bun E. Laroque says:

    The more defencemen that get taken the more likely there will be a choice forward for the Habs to take at #33…

  28. Chris says:

    In many respects, the slide of Forsberg, Teravainen and Grigorenko into the middle of the first round is a nightmare scenario.

    Suddenly teams like Ottawa and Washington and Buffalo might land an impact forward that was considered right there alongside the guy we landed by sucking so hard all season.

  29. oneslowfiveoh says:

    happy to see all these D being taken. Makes our 2nd pick look better all the time.

  30. commandant says:

    Why are Forsberg, Teravainen and Grigorenko falling.

    Trade our 2 seconds and get another first…. maybe around 18

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • Strummer says:

      Maybe the other 2 got mono from Griggy

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Not that I’ve seen many drafts, but this must be one of the most unpredictable drafts ever.

      I mean, sure, it’s surprising that the first three picks actually turned out how it was predicted to be, but after that, it’s chaos especially with no one drafting the forwards.

  31. slapshot777 says:

    Habs are going to have some very good players when this draft is done. While everyone are picking defensemen which is good for the Habs we can get loaded up on forwards, because for the last few years we have been drafting d-men.
    It shows with the depth we have on defense.

  32. Bill says:

    So it’s Crosby and Malkin for the long-haul in Pittsburgh. I still think they could have traded Pleks/Price for Malkin/Fleury and I would love that deal.

    Love the Galchenyuk pick as well! Awesome! Timmins and Bergevin looked so relieved to get him.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  33. habsfan0 says:

    On a sidenote…Blue Jays lead the Marlins 6-1.


    • Bill says:

      Could this be any less relevant to a Montreal Canadiens site?

      In other news, Game of Thrones returns to HBO next April …

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  34. Strummer says:

    ” Jordan Staal getting married tonight in Thunder Bay. Traded on his wedding night. That’s wild.
    by Mike Boone6/23/2012 12:10:17 AM 8:10 PM”

    Can the bride not veto this?

    “Honey I have to go now, to Raleigh but there’ll be a new guy here after he passes a physical”

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  35. Un Canadien errant says:

    I love how supposedly the Capitals have had it with Alexander Semin and temperamental diva forwards, then trade for Mike Ribeiro.

  36. Stormin says:

    Galchenyuk’s injury is going to turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as he would have been the first pick overall if he played more than a handful of games for Sarnia this year, his rookie season rocked after being the first pick in the OHL draft,,,

  37. geo_habsgo says:

    Is it a bad thing that my interest has now shifted to seeing my tweets show up on the TSN screen?

    • Strummer says:

      It was certainly more expedient in the old days when they just phoned you to tell you what taem picked you

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  38. Boomer says:

    i still got a big smile from us drafting Gally 🙂

  39. neumann103 says:

    With all the good forwards still left, at what point do you consider trying to move up from #33 say #13 or so to take Forsberg or Grigorenko or Faksa?

    “Et le but!”

  40. habaholic68NJ says:

    Quick. Trade our 2nd from Nashville plus Weber or Diaz or both to Tampa and pick Forsberg

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at

  41. Habsolutely says:

    Trouba’s gonna be good in the Peg.

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    Isn’t Jordan Staal MUCh better than an 8th pick?

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • Chris says:

      Yes. GM’s in this league have lost their marbles.

    • neumann103 says:

      not if you live in some bizarro world where any first round pick is worth more than an actual first line player, or haven’t you heard all the trade Subban or Plekanec for a draft pick nonsense.

      That being said, I think there is an argument for saying “Carolina is where Staal wanted to play. Why didn’t the Hurricanes just wait a year and sign him as a UFA?”

      “Et le but!”

  43. Stormin says:

    Bartender at Stalls wedding Mixing Hurricanes non stop

  44. kempie says:

    I’m trying to guess who the 7 guys are who disapprove of the Galchenyuk pick.

  45. HabFab says:

    For the twitters;

    AlyonkaLarionov – Bonjour Montreal fans! Je m’appelle Alex. Can’t wait to play with @PKSubban1 !!!! @AGally94

  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    To save yourself some typing, Mr Boone, you could just copy the sentence “McGuire heaping praise on ” and paste it in after every pick.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  47. habaholic68NJ says:

    Everyone is picking D-men

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at

  48. EricInStL says:

    I guess Trouba is Winnipegs version of our Tinordi

  49. Dr.Rex says:

    WE got our guy! ITs a good day.

    90 percent of us wanted Alex cause we see the upside to be a star in this league.

  50. SlovakHab says:

    After passing on Coutrier last year, no Forsberg for the Jets either. Could come back to bite them.

  51. kempie says:

    Wow. Defensemen much?

  52. joeybarrie says:


  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    Trouba looks overjoyed.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  54. oneslowfiveoh says:

    The more I hear Pierre speak, the more I like Bergevin

  55. Boomer says:

    I wonder, with the Pavelec situation in winnipeg will they go for subban or vasilevski?

  56. frontenac1 says:

    Hey, welcome back Stormin! Where ya been? This place has been kinda weird recently.”When the going gets weird,the weird turn pro” Hunter S. Thompson. Hola!

  57. HabsFanMTL says:

    well so much for my trade for Eric Stall to reunite him with Eric Cole here in montreal……dam!

  58. oneslowfiveoh says:

    Time for Jordan Stall to show that he can carry the mail. I like this deal for Pitt.

  59. EricInStL says:

    very interesting draft to say the least.

  60. Marc10 says:

    This just in… Staal traded mid-wedding. Has to buy his jersey.

  61. jedimyrmidon says:

    I, for one, am hugely surprised that so many top picks are being used on D men, leaving guys like Faksa, Grigorenko, Forsberg and Teurevainen still there – guys that were supposed to go in the Top 10 at some point or another

  62. aj says:

    Let’s just wait for the Rick Nash and Zach Parise sweepstakes chugging along the trades during this Draft day!

  63. Carta-Hab says:

    Ray Shero is a class act. Great interview regarding the trade of Stall.

  64. Marc10 says:

    Grigs and Fosberg and the Finn are falling… Our early second rounder will be interesting.

    Will we move down to go get another first rounder. Considering our prospect window, I would give it strong consideration. Tank another year if you have to… We’d be fully stocked for the next decade.

    Love Galchenyuk. I guess he plays in Sarnia next year and gets to dominate.

  65. Rugger says:

    Seems like a good year for the Habs to be looking for forwards. Keep those D picks going!

  66. habsfan0 says:

    Will Habs make a trade to acquire Grigorenko or Forsberg? Or Subban?

  67. Stormin says:

    Draft day always beats the snot out of trading deadline day

  68. Habsolutely says:

    Kinda weird that they are all passing on Trouba? He seems like a stud D-man.

  69. Un Canadien errant says:

    Listen to Pierre snap his suspenders, saying about the Derrick Pouliot: “I knew this was coming, ….”

    The kid looks like he’s fifteen years old, and has to live down his last name. Not only Benoit, but Oiler first-rounder Marc-André.

  70. EricInStL says:

    Classy move by Shero

  71. Stormin says:

    This just in Jordan Stall just traded his bride for the Maid of Honor

  72. jedimyrmidon says:

    Okay, a true blockbuster trade: finally! I wonder if Carolina is convinced that Jordan will sign with them next year.

    The Penguins are interested in Parise as well? They’ll never be able to pay all that salary with Neal, Crosby and Malkin.

  73. Boomer says:

    forsberg would be a sick choice for pitts

  74. Habsolutely says:

    That was a good move by Pitts.

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