Gare Joyce profiles potential 2012 top-10 draft pick Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting, who, despite Russian and Canadian roots, wants to play international hockey for the U.S. on his way to the NHL.
Gare Joyce checks in with prospect notes and analysis from around junior hockey, explaining that an early debate is emerging among scouts over which teammate is the better prospect: wing Nail Yakupov or center Alexander Galchenyuk.
Gare Joyce writes that defenseman Mike Reilly is shooting up draft boards -- in large part because of a recent five-inch growth spurt. Combined with his excellent skills and hockey sense, Reilly's newfound size is making him an intriguing prospect.
In his introductory post for the NHL Experts blog, Gare Joyce writes that the Sharks' core of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley is once again proving that it doesn't have what it takes to be winners.
Gare Joyce traveled to Kitchener to take in top Central Scouting prospect Gabriel Landeskog in what was a so-so showing last Friday. Plus, updates on London's Vladislav Namestnikov and U.S. U18 winger Tyler Biggs.