I've always been a fan of the grinders (White is my favorite hab) but I can't avoid the Emelin bandwagon.
His hits are amazing and I'm someone who is all for getting rid of the head hits the NHL is talking about and I fully understand the current rule set. But Emelin just consistently lays down the hardest cleanest hits I have seen from a player in a long long time if not ever. No jokes aside.
He is a top 4 staple for the Habs the next 5 years easy peezy.
Emelin needs a goon to protect him. He can't fight his own fights, and with the reputation that he is going to have, he'll need to answer the bell, above all if we're playing the Bruins 6 times a year.
His hit when St.Louis tried to check him... "****** Please!"
Emelin conatianed St. Louis all night! I was really impressed. Part of it was due to the physical matchup but Emelin got some sick breakout skills too. He can make those passes through forcheckers it seems.