T.J. Galiardi
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T.J. Galiardi

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-04-22

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with San Jose, 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2006-07: T.J. Galiardi capped his sensational season leading all Dartmouth rookies in scoring with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists). His eight power play goals also led the team. The Calgary, AB native was named to the ECAC Hockey League's All-Rookie Team as well as the recipient of Dartmouth's Booma Award as the team's top rookie. Galiardi was chosen in the second round, 55th overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

In April 2007, Galiardi left Dartmouth College for academic reasons.

2007-08: Galiardi finished second among WHL rookies in scoring, racking up 70 points in 72 games for WHL Calgary. He led the team in assists and ranked fourth in points. His 52 assists also led all WHL rookies and the winger posted a +31 rating for the season, which was second best on the club. The Calgary native went on to lead the WHL in playoff scoring, racking up 24 points in 16 postseason games.

2008-09: In his first season of professional hockey, the forward spent the majority of his season with Lake Erie (AHL), where he netted 10 goals and 27 points through 66 games. He also got his first look at the NHL, scoring three goals and four points in 11 games with Colorado.

Talent Analysis

Galiardi is an instinctive playmaker with tremendous scoring capability. He is very smart, patient and creative with the puck. Those features along with his great on-ice vision help make him an efficient puck distributor who can easily find open teammates as well. One characteristic that makes Galiardi such an outstanding player is his ability to blend those brilliant puck skills with the mental side of the game. He can be deceptive and what the opposition is reading isn't always what he is thinking. While Galiardi is a strong competitor and has the puck skills needed to be successful, being more aggressive more often in his puck pursuits would not only make him more difficult to play against but also make him a much more valuable asset to his team. Galiardi is also a superb skater, combining power and speed with immense fluidity in his long strides. As he continues to develop his size and strength, the power and quickness in those strides will become more pronounced.

 

Future

Galiardi was dealt by the San Jose Sharks to the Calgary Flames prior to the start of the 2013 NHL free agency period.