A year ago, Stanislav Galiev was a wide-eyed newcomer participating at his first professional development camp. This week at KCI, Galiev’s comfort on the Capitals’ ice surface is readily apparent and his confidence after a Memorial Cup winning season with Saint John of the QMJHL stands out as well.
“I’m not nervous like last year, because last year I just get drafted and it was my first camp and I was nervous a lot,” said Galiev, a third-round 2010 draft pick who will likely rejoin Saint John for another season this fall. “I didn’t know coaches, guys in the locker room -- I was a little shy last year, but this year, I’m just excited to be here again.
“I just want to show how I’ve improved since last year,” Galiev added. “I feel I get bigger, more start to play physical and play smarter in the D zone and the neutral zone.”
Galiev, 19, had a banner second season in juniors with Saint John, recording 37 goals and 65 points in 64 regular-season games. In the QMJHL playoffs he posted another 10 goals and 37 points in 19 contests and in four games during the Memorial Cup tournament he added three more points.
Not a bad showing for the slick-skating winger, who continues to grow (both physically and as a player) while impressing Washington’s coaching staff.
“He looks more composed. He’s gone from 176 to 186 pounds; you can see him growing up,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think he’s really good with the puck. I don’t know his complete strength situation yet because I’ve only seen him for a little bit, but to me when I look at him, I think he’s got a real awareness on the ice of things that are going on and like an awful lot of Russians, he’s got a tremendous skill set.”
Boudreau also noted Galiev’s seemingly constant smile on the ice and positive demeanor, and you can get more of a glimpse into his personality if you check out the daily, development camp blog he’s been contributing to for the team website.