My favourite hockey annual did not include an assessment of Alexei Emelin.
But Montreal-based McKeen’s staffer Cory Kornelsen was kind enough to pass along this assessment.
Finally lured to North America this summer following a breakout sixth term in the KHL (RSL) highlighted by a career-high 11 goals .. scored nine goals combined in his first five seasons – prior to busting out in the 2010 playoffs (22-5-8-13) .. represented Russia at the World Championship in May (9-0-0-0) .. tough, belligerent defender who knows how to use his prodigious strength .. not an explosive or elegant skater .. propelled by a wide, solid stride that has decent power .. strong and balanced on his feet – moves well laterally .. not a great backwards skater but transitions easily .. earns power play time thanks to a heavy wristshot that is quick and accurate .. demonstrates good shot preparation and play selection operating at the top of the umbrella .. always eager to engage his thickly-constructed frame which has filled in substantially since being drafted in 2004 .. militant patrolling the crease area – will punish intruders .. must focus on achieving better discipline and discretion .. prone to taking excessive interference and obstruction penalties .. fixates on playing the body and can lose track of the puck .. aggressive defending the cycle .. overpursues on coverage and often goes out of his way for the big hit – feeding a taste for revenge .. can really explode on his victims when his temper boils .. should add some intriguing pop to Montreal’s backline.
Emelin had better be good.
Because the departure of underappreciated Roman Hamrlik creates a breach in the wall that protects The Franchise.
And if anything happens to Andrei Markov … again …
Well, let’s not even think about it.
And a 9/11 video: