in the Washington Times on Wednesday, indicating that we could all be seeing a different player this season.
“He’s going to apply himself a little differently during rookie camp and regular training camp,” said his agent, Mark Gandler, to the Times. “When he goes back to junior, he has a different purpose to his game — he’s honing his physical skills and working on his game rather than blindly going after points.”
“The junior team does not need points — they need leadership and they need for every player on the team to be involved,” he added. “That’s the skills of a professional hockey player to involve everyone on the ice and not just go after points.”
Hockey’s Future points out that the Russian’s physical game is something that could be improved.
“Already familiar with the demands of the North American game, Galiev has shown willingness for both the physical side of the game as well as helping out in his own zone, but he still needs to improve in both facets,” reads Galiev’s profile.
Galiev was a point-per-game player last year, recording 65 points in 64 contests. He had 27 points in 19 post-season games.
A third-round pick of the Washington Capitals in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Galiev signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Caps on Wednesday.
In ‘The Hockey News Yearbook,’ THN lists the Sea Dogs forward as the ninth best prospect in Washington’s system.
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