Alexei Emelin - Future # 1 Defenseman?
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01-09-2013, 10:49 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
I think Emelin can become a Kronwall type player. At the moment, he obviously isn't at Niklas' level. But potentially can be. With Markov coming back and having a full healthy D. I think Emelin can take the opportunity to hone his skills in this fashion. If Emelin becomes the next Kronwall, I'll be very glad. If he becomes a 2nd or 3rd pairing kronwall type, I'll be glad as well.
At the start of the season, he had trouble adjusting. Often looking out of place, slow and inadequate. Overtime, in spite of having difficulties, mostly in D, Emelin clearly had a growth and showed great potential. In those circumstances, that says a lot.
With the D we have I don't see Emelin being a #1. But I think he can be top pairing potential if he keeps growing into a Kronwall type player.
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