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.
2013-14: Galiev showed progress with Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey in his second pro season before suffering an upper body injury that kept him out for two months in mid-season. After opening the season in the ECHL with Reading, he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -1 with no penalties in 16 games for the Bears. Hershey finished fourth in the East Division, two points behind Norfolk for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Galiev scored 5 goals with 8 assists in 14 games for Reading before joining the Bears. He rejoined the Royals for the ECHL playoffs and scored 1 goal with 1 assist, finishing an even plus/minus, in two games.
Galiev is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Capitals system. On paper, he has the size (6’1, 187 pounds) and skill set that most teams love. He has strong puck-handling and skating ability with a knack for the creative offense. But to date, he has been plagued with inconsistency at both ends of the ice and a lack of willingness to go near the rougher areas of the ice. Given his size and ability, he remains a frustrating player.
Galiev had a very good first full season in Hershey, racking up 25 goals and 45 points in 67 games. Given his place in the hierarchy of prospects in the system as well as the offensive talent currently on the roster, he will likely begin 2015-16 in Hershey. If he continues to have strong production, he could get a shot in Washington either on the second or third line. His potential is such that he could be a quality top six option if he pans out. Then again, he could wash out of the system entirely if he does not.