It has been reported that Stanislav Galiev, Washington’s 3rd round pick (#86 overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is leaving for the KHL with the hopes of playing for Team Russia in the upcoming Olympics.
Galiev, a native of Moscow, Russia, has definitely had his ups and downs in North America after turning pro. His first two seasons saw him split time with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and the then-ECHL affiliate, Reading Royals.
His first season in Hershey saw him play in 17 games with just one assist. However, in 46 games with Reading, he showed that he had potential, scoring 23 goals and 24 assists in the regular season. He tacked on four more goals and seven assists in ten games with the Royals in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The following year he appeared in just 16 games with the Bears, scoring three goals and three assists. A healthy scratch for the Bears more often than not; he appeared in just 14 games with the Royals, scoring five goals and eight assists. It would be Stan’s first “lost season”, but not the most devastating to his development.
In 2014-2015, a coaching change in Hershey brought new opportunity and Galiev took full advantage. He appeared in 67 regular season games, recording 25 goals and 20 assists. It’s what anyone who saw him play in Reading knew was possible – the kid could score. He also earned his first recall to Washington that season, where he appeared in two games (the boys let him lead the way out onto the ice like they love to do with rookies and skate around a bit by himself) and scored his first goal.
The following season, he earned a roster spot with the Caps, but that season would become Galiev’s second “lost season” of his career. In just 24 games with the Caps, he recorded three assists. He was sent back to Hershey for a five-game conditioning stint and scored three goals.
This past season, he returned to the Bears after clearing waivers before the season started. He appeared in 56 games while trying to recover that mojo from 2014-2015. Before the season started, Hershey’s VP of Hockey Operations (Link to Prospect Report on Stan with Helmer and Galiev interviews) told me that Galiev sitting out most of the year before was going to be a huge obstacle for the winger to overcome, yet nobody can say that Galiev didn’t try.
In 56 games for the Bears in the regular season, he recorded 40 points (21G, 19A), including his second professional hat trick in Binghamton in early February. Additionally, he appeared in 12 Calder Cup Playoff games for Hershey this season with three goals and four assists.
The Russian didn’t deny that his time in the organization was probably done, especially after the trade deadline passed and he was still in Hershey (The Galiev Quandary – Play Him or Trade Him). So, we wish him luck as his next adventure is set to begin in the KHL and, like everyone else who has left, we thank him for his time and the memories that he has given us.
By Julie Beidler
Stanislav Galiev has multiple offers in KHL, player has announced it’s time for him to move on from the Capitals organization.
— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) July 1, 2017