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What They're Saying About Stanislav Galiev

by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals
What They’re Saying

Third Round, 86th overall – Stanislav Galiev
, RW, Saint John (QMJHL). Born January 17, 1992 in Moscow, Russia. 6-foot-1, 178 pounds, shoots right.

In Stanislav Galiev, Washington has chosen its seventh Russian player in the first three rounds of the last seven NHL Entry Drafts (Alex Ovechkin, Mikhail Yunkov, Semyon Varlamov, Dmitry Kugryshev, Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov). Galiev is a Moscow native who played for Indiana of the USHL in 2008-09 and Saint John in the Quebec League in 2009-10.

Central Scouting Bureau (ranked No. 20 among North American skaters)

• In the 2010 QMJHL playoffs Galiev led all rookie scorers with 19 points (8-11--19) in 21 games helping the Saint John Sea Dogs reach the President’s Cup Final before falling to Moncton.

• A finalist for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Rookie of the Year award this season, he was named to the All-Rookie Team finishing second in rookie scoring with 60 points (15-45--60) in 67 games.

• Galiev, who became interested in hockey at the age of four, was selected first overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft. He played for the Indiana Ice of the USHL in 2008-09, winning a championship and finishing seventh in league scoring with 64 points (29-34--64) in 60 games.

• He missed the start of training camp, waiting for his release from Dynamo Moscow, but wasted no time contributing to the Sea Dogs – he had 17 points (5-12--17) in his first 20 games. He was also selected as a member of Team Cherry at the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game.

• Galiev patterns his game after Washington’s Alexander Semin – “Semin, he's my favourite player. I want to be him."


NHL Team: Washington Capitals
NHL Player: Alexander Semin
Shootout move: “Datsyuk move”
Goal celebration: “A lot”
Video Game: Call of Duty
Movies: Taken, Avatar, Titanic
Artist: Lil’ Wayne
Home-cooked meal: Pasta or steak
Activity away from the rink: Video games and soccer

Scouting Report:
Director of NHL Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
“A high-end player, intelligent and responsible at both ends of the ice. He's got good moves and backchecks hard, an all around player. Maybe (similar to) Pavel Datsyuk in the way he chips in for a highly skilled team.”

On his dream to play in the NHL: Yeah, when I start hockey at four years old, I tell my mom I want to be a hockey player, and I want to play in the NHL. So, for around 14 years, it's my life.

On leaving Moscow to play in the USHL: Four years ago I was in Chicago, with my Russian team and when I went home I tell my mom, I want to try to play in North America and my mom understand me because it's my life, and she say, okay. And last year I came to Indiana. First time it was hard because you don't understand anybody and don't know English. And it was tough but when you go on the ice, you forget everything. You just enjoy your play, enjoy your game.

On Saint John coach, Mike Kelly, visiting him in Moscow: When I play in Indiana, scouts from Saint John came to visit me in Indiana and tell me they want to draft me in the first round but I'm not thinking sure. And this summer, my agent called me and he tells me you get drafted, so how you feel, so I say, it's good but I'm not sure if I'm coming to Saint John, because I really wanted to stay in Indiana and Mike Kelly came to Moscow, we were just talking for around three days, and I tell my agent, my mom, I want to go to Saint John.

On his first year in the QMJHL: I like it. It's great, great team, great coaches. It's, you know, professional, and everyone helps you, everyone teach you what you need to do on the ice better. It's a good experience for me.

On his style of play: I like play fast games, more physical, and kind of a power forward.

On his thoughts about being drafted in June: You know, right now, I try not thinking about this, because when I thinking, I'm playing not very well, and I play every game hard, hard work, and in L.A., it will be my dream will be complete. You know, I can't wait for this.

Red Line Report (ranked No. 47):
“Has an explosive first step with great east-west lateral agility and moves. But his hockey sense and finishing ability are downright poor. Lacks instincts at the offensive end and frequently passes up his own shot in favor of an ill-conceived pass when he’s in prime scoring territory. Even playing with highly skilled linemates on the QMJHL’s top team, still finished with only 15 goals (only eight all season at even strength) and was a consistent crest shooter all season. Has to play on the top two lines with skilled mates in an up-tempo system. Strength of his game is setting up linemates with soft hands and excellent vision. Makes a reasonable effort in the defensive zone, even dropping to block a few shots. Does well in 1-on-1 battles and will take the body on occasion, but in general tends to shy away from the physical game.
Projection: 2nd line creative winger for lower tier club
Style compares to: Alex Tanguay

International Scouting Services (ranked no. 24):
Skating: Very Good
Puck Skills: Very Good
Shot: Very Good
Offensive Play: Very Good
Defensive Play: Average
Physical Play: Good
Competitiveness: Very Good
Hockey Sense: Very Good

1. Offensive instincts
2. Puck Control
3. Vision

Areas For Improvement
1. Strength
2. Defensive Play
3. Consistency

A highly skilled offensive forward that can set it up and also finish. Can play like he has the puck on a string.

Scouting Report:
Galiev has been a consistent point producer for the Saint John Seadogs, the 2nd ranked team in the QMJHL. However, ISS Scout Chris Mooring would like to see this player take shorter shifts and word hard in all areas of the ice. Galiev has played on a number of different lines this year, and has shown good chemistry with fellow Euro Tomas Jurco. Galiev has a good shot that can freeze goaltenders and/or create good rebounds. Would like to see him play more physical and get to the net. Galiev has the ability to gaps quickly, the ability to beat defenders 1 on 1, he sees the ice well, makes good tape to tape passes. Needs to shoot more often. 

NHL Potential:
An offensive threat that could be a top six offensive forward.

Style Compares To: Pavol Demitra

McKeen’s 2010 NHL Draft Guide (ranked No. 47)
Stanislav Galiev made a strong impression in his first season in Saint John. He had the benefit of playing on what was arguably the best line in the QMJHL with league MVP Mike Hoffman and Nicholas Petersen. Galiev helped the Sea Dogs finish first overall in regular season standings and was nominated for the best professional prospect and best rookie awards. Although a rookie in the QMJHL, Galiev was perhaps better prepared than other import rookies in that he played a season for the Indiana Ice in the USHL and acclimated himself to the North American style last season. Galiev is a smart player whose distribution skills often surprised the opposition. He disguises his intentions well. His skating is a little choppy but it doesn’t seem to hold him back, especially once he picks up speed. Galiev isn’t afraid of taking a hit to make a play and will play the body if the situation calls for it. His defensive game is underrated. While he would never be labeled a shutdown forward, he did finish the season with a plus-41 rating. He still needs to add bulk to his frame and could stand to shoot the puck more often, but he is the type of player that could really shine alongside big, physical players.

TSN (Ranked No. 40)

The Hockey News: (Ranked No. 37)
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