Caps should have new faces on the bench
With the June 30 NHL entry draft fast approaching – the Capitals own eight selections, including the 23rd overall pick – we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 prospects already in the organization and a brief scouting/progress report on each.
Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will profile all 10 prospects, in descending order. Today’s top prospect, at No. 9: Stan Galiev
Position: Left Wing
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 188
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Drafted: 3rd round [86th overall], 2010
2012-13 Teams: Reading [ECHL], Hershey [AHL]
Penalty Minutes: 40
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on 3-year, $1.855 million contract [$67,500 AHL, $550,000 NHL, $660,556 cap hit]
Scouting Report: A year ago, Galiev would have been in the Top 5 of Caps prospects after an incredible 34-point performance in the Quebec League playoffs. Now, Galiev is very close to being knocked out of the Top 10 by Garrett Mitchell, a versatile, hard-working right wing who posted career highs in goals , assists  and points  for the Bears. Galiev, on the other hand, spent most of this season with Reading in the ECHL. In 17 games for the Bears, Galiev looked lost with no goals, one assist and a minus-4. He found his groove with the Royals in the ECHL, netting 23 goals and 24 assists and a plus-16 rating in 46 games.
2013-14 Expectations: With Mike Haviland replacing Mark French in Hershey, Galiev will get a fresh set of eyes and that’s probably a good thing for him. Galiev showed his creativity in the ECHL but will need to show that same offensive flair for the Caps during prospects camp to get a serious look from Adam Oates’ staff during the preseason. If Galiev doesn’t start strong, Mitchell has a good chance of passing him on the prospect depth chart.