Thread: Player Discussion: Alexei Emelin
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04-06-2014, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by habs03 View Post
While you would like to have everyone playing their natural side, ex Emelin on LD.

Some of stuff ppl saying is just bs. Ex that Emelin hits less when playing RD. NOT true, he hits less now because under MT he doesn't like Dmen to go for hits and get out of position, which is why Subban and Emelin hits total are probaly down than in the past.

Emelin played RD for all of his first year in Mtl and he was a hitting machine, he played RD with Kaberle playing LD, he played maybe 3-4 games in the NHL at LD when paired with Daiz.

He has also said he likes to play RD and has done it is whole life, he played RD in the KHL as well.

Also, playing your offside doesn't change your positioning, a guy like Emelin who has played RD his whole life, any struggles positional isn't because of playing your offside.

The only thing that playing your offside effects, is moving the puck, you are forced to be on your back hand a lot more, passing angles are harder, and you have less time with the puck. None of those were the reason why Emelin was struggling early on.

The worse is ppl saying that Emelin should play LD, and have Gorges play RD, and while Gorges can play RD, Emelin is a much better with the puck, and moving it, its would be one of the stupiest things to do.
I find it hard to believe Emelin played RD in the KHL, when every time I see him switched to LD, it's like night & day and you can tell he's in his natural position.

Whereas the best shutdown pairing the Habs have had in the last 5 years saw Gorges playing on the right side of Hal Gill.

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