Position: Right Wing
Date of Birth: January 17, 1992
Place of Birth: Moscow, Russia
Ht: 6-01 Wt: 178
Galiev recently completed his first season with the QMJHL powerhouse Saint John Sea Dogs. The team had a bevy of top forwards, so Galiev's numbers aren't that of a number one sniper- but that doesn't take away from the fact that he is an offensive dynamo. Of all the Russian-born players in this year's draft, Galiev is the least-likely to be a flight risk. By playing in the USHL for a year before joining the Q he has shown a commitment to playing pro hockey in North America.
2009/2010 Regular Season Stats:
Scouting Report (The Scouting Report):
...Galiev’s creativity stands out as you watch him play. He is able to generate offense for himself through some nifty puck handling as well as the ability to get shots on goal from anywhere in the offensive zone. Galiev is also adept at drawing defensemen toward him and then quickly floating a pass to an open teammate. Galiev sees the ice well and anticipates the play developing. He often makes passes to open areas for his linemates or pinching defenseman to skate into. Galiev is a good skater with a quick first step and acceleration. He also has a nice wide base that allows him to have good balance and an ability to protect the puck against bigger, stronger players. That skill will only improve as Galiev adds some muscle to his 178lb. frame. Galiev is very confidant and willing to handle the puck along the boards as well as pay the price in front of the net...
Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:
As we've said before in these profiles, the Jackets would likely not draft a Russian unless a highly rated one fell to the mid-rounds. Galiev however is committed to playing here, so much so that his Mother has moved to Canada to be with him. He is an only child and his father isn't in the picture. The Galievs are here for the long haul, and if Columbus can snag him in the second round, he could fill in for Nikita Filatov, allowing him to be traded.
Galiev in Action: