Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Capitals Sign Galiev

The Washington Capitals signed Saint John Sea Dogs forward Stanislav Galiev to a three-year entry-level deal today. Caps general manager George McPhee announced the deal today.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but the Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir tweeted that “Galiev's new three year contract will average $550K in the NHL.”

Galiev was a third round pick of the Capitals in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

“Watching young players develop and work towards the next level is one of the most rewarding parts of junior hockey,” said Mike Kelly, director of hockey operations and associate coach of the Sea Dogs in a release. “We are proud of Stanislav and look forward to him continuing his development here in Saint John.”

Unless he sticks with the Capitals this season, the Moscow native will be back in Saint John for a third season of junior hockey. Under Canadian Hockey League guidelines, he cannot play in the American Hockey League at the age of 19.

Drafted first overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft, Galiev recorded 15 goals and 45 assists in 67 contests. He added another eight goals and 11 assists in 21 playoff games. He had a solid rookie campaign and spent much of the year on the Sea Dogs’ top line with Nick Petersen and Mike Hoffman.

Last season he had 37 goals and 28 assists in 64 games. In the post-season he registered 10 goals and 17 assists en route to helping Saint John capture the President’s Cup. He also notched a goal and two helpers in four games at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Galiev had an up-and-down first half last year but really stepped it up in the second half on a line with first-round picks Jonathan Huberdeau and Zack Phillips.

The six-foot-one, 188-pound winger didn’t make the Russian world junior team but did play for his country at the 2010 Subway Super Series.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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