Midseason Grade: N/A
Final Grade: INC
Joined Team: Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 Entry draft. Signed on May 13, 2008.
MHH Nicknames: None yet
- C (11)
- 2nd (6)
- 1st (5)
- Tucker (4)
- McLeod (4)
- Arnason (3)
- Hejduk (10)
- Willsie (1)
- TOT 16:20 (17th)
- EV 13:57 (17th)
- PK :09 (14th)
- PP 2:13 (13th)
*Rank is based on total minutes, not average per game.
Best Month: April (3 points in 6 games)
Career Highlights: This was Galiardi's first season in the NHL.
Report: Galiardi closes out the trifecta of promising youngsters. While he may be the tiniest looking 6'2" hockey player (thanks to his razor-thin build), he didn't play like a little guy. I frequently confused him and Svatos as both players were willing to be physical with larger players along the boards and both tended to stickhandle with the puck a little too much. And, like Svatos, when Galiardi found open ice, he was able to do some damage (although Galiardi probably projects more as a playmaker than a shooter).
As with Vernace, 11 games is a small sample size. I'm not sure anyone really expected Galiardi to be ready for the NHL, but he was a pleasant surprise. His struggles in the faceoff circle (42%) were the only real knock on his play, and actually that's probably not that bad for a newcomer like TJ. Does the 11-game trial mean he's definitely ready to make the jump? Not at all. Hopefully, though, it gives us a glimpse of what's in store for us a little down the road.
Fun Fact: T.J. stands for "Terry Joncoctosten". Okay, the Terry part is true, but I have no clue what his middle name is.
The T.J. Galiardi Drinking Game: Drink when I mistake Galiardi for Svatos on the ice Drunk potential: Rather high.
What I Said Last Year: ...
2008 Salary (and Cap Number): $562K ($875K)
2009-2010 Status: Galiardi is signed for two more seasons at the $875K cap number
Outlook for 2009: T.J. Galiardi was an intriguing player to watch last year and I look forward to seeing how he develops. With the guys already on the roster, I don't expect him to have a large role with the Avs next year, but if the Avs get bit by the injury bug again, that might all change.
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