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Name: Alexei EmelinMontreal Canadiens (#84/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 85
Height: 185cm/6'1"
Weight: 87kg/191.4 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1986-04-25
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2006-07 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
KHL Free agent frenzy: discover free agent prospects playing in the KHL (05/02/2009)
Lada Togliatti beats Ak Bars in Kazan (02/19/2009)
KHL January 13th: Dinamo Moscow edges Ak Bars Kazan in close game (01/18/2009)
Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) detailed game shift-by-shift scouting report (10/23/2008)
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05/19/2011 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) signs one year deal with the Habs

Sr. World Championships -  Defensive prospect Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) signed a one year deal with the Habs this past week. The young defensive prospect has been in the KHL for the past several seasons and while he has "flirted" with the move to the NHL, it has all been words previously. This time the situation appears to have been more positive, as Emelin, while playing well in Russia, has not had as much success, which could have been a bit of a wake up call to consider all his options and recognize the need for a change. His play in the World Championships was above average and he showed, probably really for the first time to this degree, that he is ready in a very physical environment. The contract is a two-way one year ~1M dollars in base and possibly up to ~3M in total if he sticks in the NHL.
01/16/2011 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) still willing to give the NHL a shot

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) is one of the most awaited Montreal Canadiens’ prospects. Every summer there are rumors about his transfer to the Habs, but it simply hasn’t happened. Recently Emelin replied to some question given by readers of the popular Russian website

“I’m under contract ‘till April”, Emelin replied when asked about his deal with Ak Bars Kazan, the team who won the first two KHL titles. The 24 year old blue liner moved to Kazan from his alma mater club Lada Togliatti during the 2007 summer, apparently rejecting an offer from the Canadiens. (Sports Haze Russia article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
01/18/2010 Top 10 drafted defensemen in Russia

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  Despite the difficulties of late for Russia producting defensive prospects, the top-end is certainly interesting, with many players who might adapt well in the jump overseas. Recently it has been very tough to decipher who would report to the NHL and who would not, and the apparent drive towards North America played its role in these rankings.

Top 10 at a glance
1. Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes)
2. Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins)
3. Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals)
4. Pavel Valentenko (New York Rangers)
5. Mikhail Pashnin (New York Rangers)
6. Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers)
7. Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers)
8. Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres)
9. Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
10. Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators)
(Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/09/2009 Alexei Emelin refuses Montreal and re-signs with Ak Bars
05/23/2009 Breaking news: Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) close to sign with Montreal
05/02/2009 KHL Free agent frenzy: discover free agent prospects playing in the KHL
04/15/2009 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens): I hope to sign a new contract with Ak Bars
02/04/2009 Russia roster for LG Hockey Games in Sweden (Euro Tour)
10/23/2008 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) detailed game shift-by-shift scouting report
09/09/2008 KHL Kicks Off: Detailed Recap of Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Avangard (Omsk)
03/31/2008 Semifinals - Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 2:4 (series 1:2)
02/06/2008 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)'s game worn Team Russia jersey added
12/07/2007 Rosters for First Channel Cup announced!
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
08/08/2007 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)'s profile updated, 2006-07 season recap added
07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)
06/18/2007 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) signs deal with HC Ak Bars
05/19/2007 Lada retains rights for Emelin (Montreal) and Bumagin (Edmonton)
04/26/2007 Team Russia announces final roster
02/24/2007 Round 52 - Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) rips into HC Dynamo
11/17/2006 Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
06/26/2006 HC Lada locks down Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers) and Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
04/03/2006 Who needed all this?
03/28/2006 Criminal case against Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) called off
03/28/2006 Alexei Emelin: I didn't even hit him, I just pushed him away
03/27/2006 Emelin (Montreal) suspended for 5 games, Varlamov continues to recover
03/24/2006 Varlamov regains consciousness, Emelin (Montreal) suspended indefinitely
03/23/2006 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) involved in a serious on ice altercation
11/11/2004 Alexander Yemelin's (Montreal Canadiens #84/2004) profile has been made available to everyone!
11/01/2004 Web Site News: New photos added to Alexei Yemelin's (Montreal Canadiens) profile
11/01/2004 Round 23: Molot - Sibir & Avangard - Lada Game Notes
10/24/2004 New photos have been added to Alexei Yemelin's (Montreal Canadiens #84/2004) player profile
03/13/2004 Web Site News: Player profiles of Alexei Yemelin, Evgeny Biryukov and Alexander Aksenenko (all 2004 NHL Entry Draft) added to!
Scouting Evaluations:
Lada Togliatti beats Ak Bars in Kazan
KHL January 13th: Dinamo Moscow edges Ak Bars Kazan in close game
Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) detailed game shift-by-shift scouting report
Round 52 – Ak Bars vs Metallurg (10 prospects scouted): Clash of the Champions Review
Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (10 prospects scouted)
Russian Superleague Round 15. Avangard Omsk vs Ak Bars
Super League Round 3: Prospects parade in Kazan - Metallurg Mg. vs. Ak Bars (Kazan) Scouting Analysis
Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward
U20 WJC: Russia - Switzerland Player Game Notes - Lisin's (Phoenix) best game thus far
U20 WJC: Russia - Belarus Player Game Notes - Ovechkin (Washington) scores twice
Russia vs. Czech Republic Detailed Game Notes: Malkin shines, Shirokov scores
Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Belov and Megalinsky - Russia's top performing defensive pairing
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Talent Analysis:
Skating: A mobile, defensive defenseman with above-average skating...skates very well backwards. Shot: Shoots the puck very well...possesses a hard slapshot, but needs to work on his precision a to vary the delivery of his point shots, either lifting the puck or leaving it on the ice for a redirect. Technical Ability: A dependable player who can handle the puck and carry it out of the defensive zone...isn’t blessed with great hands, but is still above-average in this area, and doesn’t try to overhandle the puck. Pass: Capable of making straightforward passes with good precision, though he does not excel at creating scoring chances with his passing. Hockey Sense/Decision Making: Not a particularly creative player...understands how plays develop in his own end, but doesn’t see the ice that well in the attacking zone, and, as a result, tends to defer the playmaking chores to teammates...his offensive upside is mainly limited to his shooting ability. Defensive Play: Very reliable in his own zone...plays aggressive, proactive hockey, and likes to confront opponents...fights hard all over the times, can be overly physical and rough...routinely gets called for two or three roughing-type penalties each game. Physical Play: A very aggressive and physical player...uses his body well and can lay down some punishing checks...very effective near the boards...tends to commit an inordinate amount of fouls away from the puck. Overall: Given his mobility, aggressiveness and ability to hit, Yemelin’s style is somewhat reminiscent of a young Darius Kasparaitis.
Back In Russia:
2006-07: Emelin followed up a strong season with an even but unspectacular 2006-07 campaign. He showcased his ability, but did not improve much from the previous season. He did, however, deliver a second solid season and strengthened physically and mentally. Additionally, he received a more significant role on the Russian national team, where he largely skated with his Super League linemate Maxim Kondratiev. While Emelin was widely expected to sign with the Montreal Canadiens during the summer of 2007, he instead signed on with the wealthy Russian club, HC Ak Bars. 2005-06: Just when it seemed 2004-05 was a disappointing season and Emelin may not have been the prospect he was touted to be, the young defenseman delivers a great sophomore Super League campaign. He played aggressively and with significant skill and maturity against some of the best players in the world, since a lot of them competed in Russia during the lockout. Emelin was also called up to represent Russia in senior tournament, skating for Russia in the EuroTour competition. Overall this was a great breakout year for Emelin. 2004-05: Made his Super League debut with HC Lada, skating in 12 games, largely on the third defensive pairing…did not play well at the U20 World Junior Championships, struggling to keep up with the action, which was excusable since this was his first tournament in North America at such a high level of play…showed that he still had a long way to go in physical development and maturity. 2003-04 Season: Following his success in the junior ranks, Yemelin advanced to the next stage in his development, being loaned to the club’s neighboring affiliate CSK VVS from Samara, which competes in Russia’s second professional hockey league, the Upper League. Yemelin spent the entire season in the club’s lineup and has quickly adjusted to the quicker and more physical style of hockey played in the Upper League. During the season, he has demonstrated a physical edge that was not as readily apparent based on his play in the juniors or on the international level. As his ice time increased, so did his penalty minutes, as Yemelin averaged almost three minutes per game by the end of the regular season. Though not an enforcer, the blueliner did not hesitate to mix it up on occasion, getting tossed three times for fighting. Alexei Yemelin’s reliable play on CSK VVS’s blueline did not go unnoticed by Russia’s ’86 national team selectors, who invited him to the squad’s training camp prior to February’s Five Nations Tournament. He not only proved himself at camp, but captured a spot on the top defensive pairing and finished the tournament as the team’s top blueliner. Please refer to the tournament review(s) below regarding Alexei Yemelin’s performance at each international tournament. Previous Career Notes: Yemelin is a product of the Lada Togliatti hockey system. The young defenseman enjoyed a successful 2002-03 season with Lada’s junior affiliate (Lada 2).
'86 5 Nations Tournament (Feb.'04) Grade A-: Alexei Yemelin was the tournament’s biggest discovery. After spending most of the 2003-04 season playing against adults in Russia’s secondary professional league, the Upper League, the young defenseman was finally noticed and invited to the national team training camp. There, he impressed the coaching staff enough to start the tournament on the top defensive pairing. While some of the other blueliners were shuffled around in the lineup, Yemelin spent the entire tournament on the top defensive pairing. He was reliable in his own zone and chipped in on offense with his shot. As the tournament went on, it became clear that Yemelin’s offensive upside is limited, as he does not have the creativity or vision on the offensive end of the ice to create scoring chances for his teammates. It is very important to note that with his tough, aggressive style of play, Yemelin provided Russia with a physical presence on the blueline that the squad has at times lacked. It is unfortunate that Yemelin was not noticed earlier in the season by the national team’s coaching staff, but it is clear that he is here to stay and will represent Russia at the U18 WJC. With his performance, Yemelin also significantly boosted his drafting position, coming out of the relative obscurity of the Upper League into the international arena.
NHL Outlook:
Alexei Emelin was one of the top Russian defensemen eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens right where projected him – in the middle of the third round (84th overall). The young defenseamn not only packs the biggest physical punch among this year’s blueliners, but also displays the defensive upside to potentially develop into a top-four NHL rearguard. Offensively, he doesn’t have the makings of a power-play quarterback, as he lacks creativity and vision of the ice in the opponent’s zone, however, Emelin’s upside is still significant based on his strong shooting skills. Emelin has delivered several solid seasons in the Russian Super League and will likely make his jump to the NHL shortly, as he appears to be both physically and mentally ready for the challenge.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Ak Bars (Kazan) KHL (Reg.)51 0 3 3 58 0
2007-08 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)10 0 1 1 10 -1
2007-08 Team Russia LG Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 8 0
2007-08 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)56 0 5 5 123 5
2006-07 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 4 -4
2006-07 Team Russia Channel 1 Games (EuroTour) (Reg.)3 0 0 0 6 +1
2006-07 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)42 2 5 7 72 2
2006-07 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Euro Tour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 U20 Team Russia (86) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 2 +1
2005-06 TTeam Russiaeam Russia 88 Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 4 -
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)6 0 1 1 47 -2
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 2 5 7 39 +3
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)44 6 6 12 131 9
2004-05 U20 Team Russia Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 4 +5
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 1 0 1 8 -2
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)12 0 1 1 24 +2
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 16 0
2003-04 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 10 -
2003-04 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 10 0
2003-04 CSK VVS Samara Dizel Cup (Preseason)4 0 0 0 2 -
2003-04 CSK VVS Samara Upper League 56 2 3 5 138 -
2003-04 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn 4 0 1 1 6 +4
2002-03 Lada Togliatti 86 Jr. League (Finals)7 1 2 3 6 -
2002-03 Team Povolzhye 86 Reg. Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 3 4 0 -
2002-03 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)31 1 1 2 20 +10
2001-02 Lada Togliatti 86 Jr. League (Finals)7 1 1 2 12 -
2001-02 Team Povolzhye 85 Reg. Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 2 -
2001-02 Team Povolzhye 86 Reg. Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 1 1 22 -
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