Draft prospects in every sport are put through rigorous testing, both for their physical abilities and off-ice traits. They can be red-flagged for a variety of reasons.
One of those reasons is a history of injury.
In the case of Sarnia Sting (OHL) forward Alex Galchenyuk, it doesn't appear that a serious knee injury the fall before his draft year has seriously affected his stock.
That should speak wonders to the kind of talent we're talking about here.
2010-11 Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Born: February 12, 1994
2011-12 Regular Season
Galchenyuk's background is interesting. His father was playing minor-league hockey when he was born in Milwaukee. Alex ended up moving all over the place during his childhood, bouncing around enough that he can fluently speak English, Russian and Italian.
His international eligibility -- he's said he wants to play for Team USA -- is somewhat cloudy, but a recent move by the IIHF seems to indicate Galchenyuk will be able to suit up for the United States.
Meanwhile, his knee injury is the only thing standing in the way of a top-five selection Friday night. Galchenyuk is capable of playing a strong two-way game, and he is as good a scoring prospect as anyone in this draft.
Yes, there's an injury risk with Galchenyuk, but it's a risk worth taking when you look at the talent he possesses.