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01-22-2012, 11:54 AM
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Et le But
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Originally Posted by LeMAD View Post
I don't mind Emelin as a 7th defenseman, but one game he's pretty good and the other he's absolutely bad. He's got some upside I guess, but so far he's a disapointment.

The bodychecks are fun to watch, but they don't have much impact on the game, compared to the turnover he gives up and tyhe bad positionning. I thought at first it was the adaptation needed with the smaller ice surface, but he often looks lost on the ice.
I actually heard that from people who watched him in Russia; some games he was the best defender in the NHL and others he was worse than useless.

I think he's been good far more than he has been bad though. His positioning isn't great but besides the hits he does a lot of solid defensive work. His speed has saved us a few times.

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