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08-31-2006, 03:53 PM
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Emelin at Euro Hockey Tour

Just watched Russia beat Sweden 4-3 on penalty shots

In an uninspired game marred by penalties, 15 on each team I got to watch Alexei Emelin up close for the first time.
He hardly, if at all played on even strength or on the power play, but was the first russian d out there on the penalty kill, even on 5 on 3 and including killing off the last two minutes of overtime shorthanded.

Emelin played the right side and was easily the most inspired and physical of all the russian players. His positioning was very good and and he cleared the net very well, won most of his battles along the board and even drew two penalties with courageous plays.

I was impressed by how strong he was on his skates, and how big and strong he looked knocking several Swedes to the ice.

As he only played while shorthanded i did not get a feel for his offensive game at all.

He was on ice for one goal by the Swedes, a wrister from Kenny Jonnson while 5 on 3, but that was after Emelin had first out battled two swedes for the puck and cleared it in impressive fashion drawing praise from the swedish commentators who usually reserve the positive comments for their own players.

All in all I was very impressed by Emelins play and from what i saw today his game will be well suited to the NHL and the smaller surface,although I would have loved to see what he can do with the puck as well.

Being on the ice in all those key defensive situations it is clear that the russian staff has a lot of confidence in their youngest defenseman.

It will be very interesting to follow his progress throughout the year, if he can continue to get lots of icetime and play on the national team, and maybe even play in the world championships I think that he made the right decision to stay in Russia for one more year, but i have no doubt that he will come to NA in the future as his game seems to be much more suited for the NHL than the RSL

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08-31-2006, 04:04 PM
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Thanks for the report, sounds like hes an important special team player

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Great Report! Thanks.

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08-31-2006, 04:10 PM
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How long is he signed for with his Russian team?

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08-31-2006, 04:14 PM
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Thanks so much for the report, very appreciated.

Good to see Emelin looking good on the international stage.

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How long is he signed for with his Russian team?
He signed a 2 year deal this summer I believe.

But Russians can give thier pro team two weeks notice if they choose to come to North America!

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He signed a 2 year deal this summer I believe.

But Russians can give thier pro team two weeks notice if they choose to come to North America!
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I just hope he wants to come to north america.

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He signed a 2 year deal this summer I believe.

But Russians can give thier pro team two weeks notice if they choose to come to North America!
as in they can decide anytime they want to give up on there respective team OR they have 2 weeks after they sign the RSL contract?

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as in they can decide anytime they want to give up on there respective team OR they have 2 weeks after they sign the RSL contract?
they send a notice that they leave the team and two weeks later they are free to do what they want

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Emelin is my favorite D prospect in the Habs system.I haven't seen him play very often but for the few times i did i really liked his style of play.

I truly hope that he will come to NA soon.Hamilton (or even the Habs) could use a guy like him imho.

And yeah thanks for the mini report Henriksen

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08-31-2006, 08:12 PM
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Emelin is my favorite D prospect in the Habs system.I haven't seen him play very often but for the few times i did i really liked his style of play.

I truly hope that he will come to NA soon.Hamilton (or even the Habs) could use a guy like him imho.

And yeah thanks for the mini report Henriksen
He reminds me of Franky Beauchemin.. I like him alot too but I cant say who between him and OByrne I would pick if I had to chose between them... Both are great prospects.

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08-31-2006, 08:24 PM
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I just hope he wants to come to north america.
me too

I think that he eventually will. It helps to have a bunch of russians/belrussians etc.. in the lineup and in the pipeline.

When players get to the calibur of emelin, they dont get there without some pride, passion, and dedication to bring the best out of themselves. He will never really test himself unless he comes to the NHL.

Edit: No offense to the RSL. I know its a high calibur league too

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Nice report man . Hope to see him in a Habs jersey

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how long do the habs hold his rights til?

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he seems to be progressing nicely

I still remember his play in the WJC. He is a warrior and will fit in on our blueline very nicely..hope he has a great season.

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I can't wait to see him and Markov paired together!

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I dream of him in our lineup.

But don't count on the 2 week rule again. I think Malkin was perhaps the last that could try that, and even then, he had to HIDE from his team.

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