PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Naming three teams who made the playoffs last season who might not (and three who missed it, yet might make it). (The Hockey News)
The 10 best seasons for players at age 40 and older. (Sportsnet)
A hockey historian shares some childhood memories of Ken Dryden. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
Congrats to Mark Letestu on the birth of his baby girl Blake Ashley:
The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2015 Stanley Cup run inspired this elaborate corn maze:
Want more info on it? CSNChicago.com has you covered.
Washington Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev cannot be accused of being fearful, at least when it comes to cuisine. For one thing, he ate scorpions in Vietnam:
Think that’s extreme? Try … eating a cobra heart that was still beating.
Stanislav Galiev could make his NHL debut as early as Wednesday after the Washington Capitals recalled the forward from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Tuesday.
Galiev, the Capitals third-round selection (86th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft, has a team-leading 25 goals and 45 points in 64 games with Hershey this season.
According to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, Galiev’s recall on is on an emergency basis. Both Tom Wilson, who blocked a shot off his head in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Red Wings, and Eric Fehr (upper body) are questionable.
The Capitals added to their Russian foundation as they signed forward prospect Stanislav Galiev to a three-year entry-level contract worth an average of $550,000 per season. The 19-year-old Moscow native was a third round selection for the Caps (86th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft held in Los Angeles.
Galiev was widely considered one of the best players coming out of the QMJHL in 2010 and most people thought he’d be a first round pick. Luckily for the Caps, they saw the talented winger drop all the way down to the end of the 3rd round before they picked him up. His performance last season certainly rewarded their trust. In turn, the Capitals have rewarded him with his first pro contract in North America.
From the Capitals’ official release:
“The Washington Capitals have signed forward Stanislav Galiev to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 6’1”, 188-pound forward spent the 2010-11 season with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he helped lead his team to the Memorial Cup championship. Galiev tallied a goal and two assists in four Memorial Cup games after helping Saint John win the QMJHL championship. He ranked fifth in the league in playoff points (27), third in assists (17) and tied for sixth in goals (10). During the regular season, Galiev set career highs in goals (37) and points (65) while adding 28 assists.”
Galiev played an important role on an absolutely stacked St. John Sea Dogs team that took home the Memorial Cup last season. He’s scored 125 points in his two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but he started to blossom last season with 37 goals in 64 games. Like most prospects, he’ll need to continue to work on his defensive game and physical conditioning before he’ll be able to contribute at the NHL level.
Odds are he’ll need another year or two to round out his game. But if he continues to progress like the Capitals organization expects, he’ll add yet another weapon to a team that already has loads of offensive firepower.