2008-09: Stanislav Galiev played for the Indiana Ice of the USHL, scoring 29 goals and adding 35 assists for 64 points in 60 games. In 13 playoff games for the Ice, Galiev scored 5 goals and chipped in 4 assists for 9 points as the Ice won the Clark Cup championship. Played for Team Russia at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
2009-10: Moved over to the QMJHL, joining the Saint John Sea Dogs for the 09-10 season. Played in 67 games for the Sea Dogs, scoring 15 goals and adding 45 assists for 60 points. In 21 playoff games for the Sea Dogs, Galiev scored 8 goals and added 11 assists for 19 points. Played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2010-11: Galiev played his best hockey in the QMJHL playoffs for a dominant Saint John club. The Sea Dogs had the league’s best regular season record, losing just seven games in regulation, won the playoff championship, and captured the Memorial Cup. In the regular season, Galiev scored 37 goals with 28 assists and had a +36 plus/minus with 40 PMs in 64 games. In 19 playoff games he was the Sea Dogs’ second-leading scorer behind Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) with 10 goals and 17 assists and was +8 with 12 PMs. Galiev scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 with 6 PMs in four Memorial Cup matches.
2011-12: Limited to 20 games during the regular season after undergoing wrist surgery for an injury suffered in the Capitals’ training camp, Galiev provided an offensive spark after re-joining the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs. Galiev scored 13 goals with 6 assists and was plus-four with 16 penalty minutes in the regular season. After finishing with the league’s best record, Saint John rolled through the playoffs – losing just one game. Galiev and San Jose Sharks’ prospect Charlie Coyle were Saint John’s leading scorers in the QMJHL playoffs with 34 points apiece. Galiev scored 16 goals with 18 assists and was plus-30 with 6 penalty minutes. In four games at the Memorial Cup he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus. St. John lost to QMJHL rival Shawinigan in the semifinal game.
2012-13: Galiev played in 17 AHL games with Washington’s AHL affiliate in Hershey and scored at a point-per-game pace for ECHL champion Reading. He had 1 assist and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes while skating with the Bears. Galiev began the year with Hershey, appearing in nine games before being sent to Reading, and then returned to the Bears for an eight-game stint in late December. Galiev had 1 assist and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes. He scored 23 goals with 24 assists in 46 games for Reading and was +16 with 32 penalty minutes. The Royals finished first in the Atlantic Division and captured the Kelly Cup championship. Galiev scored 3 goals with 6 assists in nine playoff games before suffering a knee injury against Florida that kept him out for 12 games. He returned for the Kelly Cup clincher, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist against Stockton.
A talented puck handler, Galiev has a knack for finding the open man to set up a scoring opportunity. Elusive along the boards, the 21-year-old is hard to knock off the puck, thanks in part to his wide stance, although he would benefit from getting stronger. Already familiar with the demands of the North American game, Galiev has shown willingness for both the physical side of the game as well as helping out in his own zone, but he still needs to improve in both facets.
Galiev’s game stagnated when he first hit the AHL but he seemed to rekindle his form in the ECHL with Reading as an offensive force. Long-term, Galiev projects as a top-six forward who can both distribute the puck and put it in the net. His positional play and defensive awareness are areas of his game that are still developing.