Bad news for Stanislav Galiev is good news for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Today, the Washington Capitals released the Sea Dogs forward from their Training Camp roster, reports the Sea Dogs’ official Twitter page. The Russian sophomore is expected to suit up for Saint John this weekend.
The Dogs, 4-0 to start the year, play the Montreal Junior on Friday night and then travel to Drummondville on Saturday to face the Voltigeurs. Galiev will not make his home debut until October 8 when the Sea Dogs host the hated Moncton Wildcats.
Galiev had a solid showing this summer at Capitals development camp. He recently participated in Washington’s rookie camp before advancing to the team’s main training camp.
After being selected first overall in the 2009 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Galiev registered 15 goals and 45 assists in 67 regular season appearances. In the post-season, he added another eight goals and 11 assists in Saint John’s 21 game march to the President’s Cup Final.
This past summer, the Caps selected the flashy forward 86th overall at the National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Although he played wing for the Sea Dogs last season, the Capitals coaching staff have been playing him at center during training camp.
In other NHL camp news, Steven Anthony is expected to play for the Vancouver Canucks tonight in a pre-season contest against the Calgary Flames.
Mike Hoffman is also listed on the Ottawa Senators lineup for their exhibition matchup in Toronto.