With Alexander Semin likely to test unrestricted free agency and Evgeny Kuznetsov committed to at least another season in Russias Kontinental Hockey League, who might fill the void as a goal-scoring right wing for the Capitals next season?
How about 20-year-old prospect Stanislav Galiev?
The Caps third-round pick in 2010 86th overall sure looks like hes ready for the NHL. Galiev finished the Quebec League playoffs tied for the scoring lead with 34 points 16 goals, 18 assists in just 17 postseason games with the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Galievs 16 playoff goals led the league while his 18 playoff assists ranked tied for third. Galiev is still playing for the Sea Dogs in the Memorial Cup. Saint John dropped its first tournament contest, 5-3, to the London Knights (OHL) on Saturday and will face the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) tonight at 7 p.m.
Galiev was signed to a three-year entry level contract last August and will carry a cap hit of just 660,556 if he makes the roster next season. A broken wrist and lengthy rehab limited Galiev to just 20 regular season games for Saint John and he finished the regular season with 13 goals and six assists in 20 games.
But his performance in the Quebec League playoffs gives Caps fans reasons to be excited heading into training camp.