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05-22-2009, 10:46 PM
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He might be tough for KHL hockey, but NHL hockey is another ball game !
There is some very tough hockey played in the KHL.... not as skilled as the NHL but very tough. Emelin's toughness isn't something I would worry about.

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05-22-2009, 10:51 PM
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05-22-2009, 10:56 PM
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A 60 point player, but a defenseman? I'll take that.

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This is unlikely but can you imagine this D in Hamilton next season?

Subban, Carle, Fischer, McDonagh, Yemelin. Maybe Weber if he has a bad training camp.


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He might be tough for KHL hockey, but NHL hockey is another ball game !
Gee, I hope he can be as devastating a hitter as O'Byrne or maybe even Brisebois.

His physicality will become plain when you see him. Seriously, he'll be more physical than Markov or Gorges. He sort of reminds me of a young Chelios, although probably not as much of a scorer.

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05-22-2009, 11:57 PM
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I'm really hoping they didn't breed the physicality out of his game over in russia. I understand that he's still physical by their standards, but i can't help to think that if he had come over sooner, he'd be even more physical.

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05-23-2009, 12:04 AM
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I'm really hoping they didn't breed the physicality out of his game over in russia. I understand that he's still physical by their standards, but i can't help to think that if he had come over sooner, he'd be even more physical.
That's what I fear too, I remember when he was drafted, he was said to be very aggressive, even over-aggressive... if he finally come here, we'll have to see... he's not the biggest, but while it can help to be big, it doesn't mean anything really... I prefer a smaller aggressive player than a big slug...

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05-23-2009, 12:04 AM
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I'm really hoping they didn't breed the physicality out of his game over in russia. I understand that he's still physical by their standards, but i can't help to think that if he had come over sooner, he'd be even more physical.
Well that's exactly what I saw. It did seem to me as if he was told to tone it down. Or he decided by himself in order to concentrate in moving the puck instead of running around on that big ice surface. Everything is possible. But he was nowhere near the physicality he had when he was playing in the Worlds Juniors or even during his 1st year in the KHL. Doesn't mean that he won't adapt and be more physical over here.

One thing is sure though. He will need to cut on the hooking. KHL referees seemed to start being just as hard over there that they are here as far as hooking, holding and grabbing, but he does have that old tendancy of doing it and some of his actions are unpunished. It surely won't in here.....at least not doing the regular season....

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05-23-2009, 03:05 AM
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Hope he does, even if he turns out not as good as we first thought.

At least we'll have a much better idea of how he plays if he does it in the AHL or NHL.

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very good news!!!! finally we might be getting one or our top prospects, hope ppl dont **** on him when he struggles cause its gonna take at least 2 years imo for him to get used to the n-a lifestyle, on and off-ice.

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05-23-2009, 03:49 AM
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I think Valentenko had more upside and had already one season to adapt to English and North American lifestyle.
A change of scenery might be good for Emelin. He has really regressed the past few years.

Still, Emelin>>>>>>Valentenko

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05-23-2009, 03:53 AM
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Always good to get another asset into the fold. He would definitely be AHL-bound though.

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05-23-2009, 04:59 AM
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will he be the same type of player after his injury, the day he got his a$$ handed to him ?

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05-23-2009, 06:33 AM
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If people would've watch him this year....they wouldn't be that ecstatic. Started the year on the 2nd pairing, finished it on the 3rd, and really while he didn't show any offensive side to his game whatsoever, (don't know if because he can't anymore or because he was told not to...), he wasn't that much physical and didn't even play great defensively for the 10ish games I saw him play.
You talking about Emelin or.... Komisarek? That description fits Komi this year. Alotta players have off years. Besides he would be an improvement over the B-Bs:Brisebois/O'Byrne/ Bouillon.

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I'm glad to hear such news. I thought it was going like that, hence why no news came from Kazan. Hopefully he'll sign.
For the ones worried about his stats, who cares. He's a stay at home defenseman. He does have a good shot, but he rarely uses it, this is definitely something he needs to work in. Hopefully he'll crack the NHL lineup straight away, he's a tough player with not bad technique (to be a s-a-h defenseman) who could do well with the Habs.

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05-23-2009, 06:34 AM
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I forgot one thing. It's not important how many minutes you play, it's important WHEN you play them. Ak Bars up by one goal with one minute to play? Bilyaletdinov always iced the Emelin - Panin duo.

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http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/275219.html

Emelin confirmed it to a Russian newspaper.
where's the tape man?

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Yemelin > Brisebois > O'byrne

That's all you people need to know

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Yemelin > Brisebois > O'byrne

That's all you people need to know
That our left side next year?

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he's Russian, is that the only thing they have in common?

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he's Russian, is that the only thing they have in common?
Their first name too

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he's Russian, is that the only thing they have in common?
They're both named Alexei

Guy above me beat me to it

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will he be the same type of player after his injury, the day he got his a$$ handed to him ?
I've been wondering the same thing. That beating he took from Svitov could have left him with both physical and mental scars. I believe he even required eye surgery from it.

If he thinks Svitov laid the beating of a lifetime on him, wait until he gets mugged by Lucic.

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I've been wondering the same thing. That beating he took from Svitov could have left him with both physical and mental scars. I believe he even required eye surgery from it.

If he thinks Svitov laid the beating of a lifetime on him, wait until he gets mugged by Lucic.
Svitov kind of just took him and beat him up.

Lucic wouldn't do it. Well, at least, if he does, I hope BGL just takes him and beats the living hell out of him.

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Meh... yet another overrated and overhyped Habs' prospect. If people think that he'll step right in and make a difference, they also better be prepared to be disappointed.

What I would give to have a scouting team taking chances on long shots prospects in our own backyard instead of overseas...

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