Stan Galiev is set to spend another year playing junior hockey, but he’ll do so officially as Capitals property. The team announced Wednesday it signed the speedy 19-year-old forward to a three-year entry-level contract.
Actually, Galiev announced the new deal himself on Twitter, writing “Just sign with Capitals” well before the club released the news.
Galiev helped Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior League win the Memorial Cup last season, something that aided his own development.
“I just noticed he’s smoother and playing with more confidence,” coach Bruce Boudreau said last month. “He’s coming off a Memorial Cup win, he’s bigger, he’s stronger,”
Galiev, who had 37 goals and 28 assists last season, looked bigger and stronger at development camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex last week, according to Boudreau and others. He was the Caps’ third-round pick in the 2010 draft.
While the plan is for Galiev to return to Saint John for the upcoming season, he’s determined to prove something in camp next month.
“I wants compete every day and I’m looking forward to this camp and I’m trying to be ready for it,” he told The Times in a phone interview. “I want to show them the best of my game.”
He has been on the ice this summer with other Caps players and prospects. He played around with Dmitry Orlov, Matt Hendricks, Michal Neuvirth, Jeff Halpern, John Carlson and others Wednesday.
“it’s pretty fun. I’m happy to be there training with NHL guys,” Galiev said.