2009-10: Emil Galimov skated for Reaktor Nizhnekamsk in the U22 MHL and played for Russia’s U18 team in the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2010 World Junior Championship tournaments. Galimov scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was -19 with 69 penalty minutes in 32 games for Reaktor. Reaktor finished fourth in the East Division and Galimov played in 1 playoff game, finishing +1 with an assist. In four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. In seven games at the WJC he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes. Russia finished fourth at the WJC after falling to Finland in the bronze medal game.
2010-11: Galimov made his KHL debut as an 18-year-old, skating in 18 games for Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik and played for the club’s U22 team Reaktor in the MHL. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 13 penalty minutes in 18 KHL games. Neftekhimik made the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Kharlamov Division. Galimov did not play in any playoff games. He scored 11 goals with 7 assists and was +5 with 34 penalty minutes in 27 games for Reaktor. In five MHL playoff games he scored 3 goals and was -1 with 27 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Galimov began the year with Neftekhimik and was one of the young players that went to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to help re-build the club when much of the KHL club was lost in a tragic airplane accident in September. In eight KHL games for Nizhnekamsk he had no points and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes. Playing for Lokomotiv, which took the ice in December and played a 22-game schedule in the VHL (Russian second league), Galimov tied for the team lead with 9 goals and had 4 assists in 17 games; finishing +8 with 12 penalty minutes. Yaroslavl reached the VHL playoff semifinals and in ten games Galimov scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes. In 17 MHL games between Reaktor and Loko Yaroslavl he scored 9 goals with 9 assists and was +7 with 35 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Playing for a rebuilt Yaroslavl KHL squad that included one-time NHL star Niklas Hagman and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov (during the NHL lockout), Galimov appeared in 33 games and had a career-high 7 goals and 13 assists; finishing +8 with 10 penalty minutes. Lokomotiv was second in the Kharlamov Division. Galimov had 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games. In five VHL games with Lokomotiv’s second team he scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. Drafted as a 21-year-old, Galimov was not among the 130 European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings when he was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Galimov skated in 43 regular season games and 18 playoff games in his second season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. He scored 7 goals with 5 assists and was -5 with 24 penalty minutes, averaging 12 minutes of ice time during the regular season. Lokomotiv finished third in the Tarasov Division and reached the East Conference finals, falling to Lev Prague. Galimov scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes and averaged 13:39 minutes of ice time in the playoffs.
2014-15: Galimov had career highs in goals (9) and assists (9) in his third season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. He was +7 with 28 penalty minutes, averaging 13:20 minutes of ice time during the regular season. Yaroslavl finished third in the Tarasov Division before falling to Moscow Dynamo in a first-round playoff series. Galimov had 2 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
Emil Galimov is a gifted scoring forward with legitimate offensive potential. He has steadily developed during his three seasons with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. He plays without much grit but has improved his two-way play over the past two seasons. Galimov's shot can already beat NHL caliber goaltenders and his puck skills are well above average. He is a high character player with strong leadership qualities.
Galimov is in his fourth season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2015-16. Signed with the Russian club through the end of next season, he was not at the Sharks' prospect camp over the summer and how much interest he has in coming to North America is not known. That situation could change based on the reported economic difficulties of the KHL. His skill set suggests the potential of a top-six forward with some defensive inconsistency.