Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Galiev Coming Back To Saint John

The Saint John Sea Dogs are getting some firepower back in their lineup.

Several media outlets in Washington are reporting that the Capitals have cut 13 players from their National Hockey League training camp roster. Among them are Sea Dogs Russian forward Stanislav Galiev.

“Thank you DC for everything,” tweeted Galiev today. “See you next summer. Back to Saint John tonight.

Galiev has had an eventful off-season with the Capitals. He took part in the team’s summer development camp as well rookie and training camp. He played for the Caps last night when they lost 2-0 to the Nashville Predators in pre-season action.

“But the Caps have wanted the 6-1, 188-pounder to gain strength in his lower body,” writes the Washington Examiner after last night’s pre-season loss. “He needs to be able to hold off opposing defenders and keep control of the puck and that was a weakness in his two development camps with Washington. Galiev is improving in that area.”

Galiev was selected by Washington in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He signed an entry level deal with the team this summer.

The 19-year old recorded 37 goals and 28 assists in 64 regular season games last year in Saint John. He had another 10 goals and 17 helpers 19 playoff games.

With Galiev back, Saint John’s offense improves quite a bit.

The team is still missing forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Zack Phillips, Tomas Jurco, Stephen MacAulay, and Ryan Tesink due to NHL camps. Defensemen Pierre Durepos and Nathan Beaulieu and goaltender Mathieu Corbeil are still gone as well.

Saint John hosts the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Friday night at Harbour Station. 

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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