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Caps ink prospect Galiev to three-year deal

Wednesday, 08.24.2011 / 12:38 PM / 2011 Offseason News

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Caps ink prospect Galiev to three-year deal
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee announced Wednesday the signing of right wing Stanislav Galiev to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Galiev, 19, helped lead the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior League to its first Memorial Cup last season, setting career highs in goals (37) and points (65) during the regular season. He notched a goal and 2 assists in four Memorial Cup games and ranked fifth in the QMJHL playoffs with 27 points. He also was third with 17 assists and tied for sixth with 10 goals during Saint John's playoff run.

The 6-foot-1, 188-pound native of Moscow, Russia, was drafted by the Capitals in the third round (86th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He's amassed 52 goals and 125 points in 131 QMJHL games spanning two seasons and will likely return to Saint John for the 2011-12 campaign.

Prior to his stint with Saint John, Galiev spent the 2008-09 season in the United States Hockey League, helping the Indiana Ice to the Clark Cup championship. He registered 29 goals and 64 points in 60 games while being named to the USHL All-Star Game and All-Rookie Team.
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