Well, the ISS report on Yemelin was not that promising. He sounds like Rivet-type of defenceman , but smaller and perhaps a little dirtier [180 PM in 52 games]:
A solid but unspectacular puck-moving defenseman out of Russia. Can make a crisp first pass out of the zone but he won't be wowing anyone with offensive flair. Size and positioning make him an effective defensive d-man but he'll need some work on his puckhandling and some maturity with the puck to be a real contributor in the NHL. Despite his lack of ideal size he should develop into a top-two-pairing stay-at-h0omer who can contribute offensively. Has a hard low shot and usually on net. Not a gamble this late for the club willing to be patient in order to see if he can blossom into a player.
I never saw him play but here's some tidbits from what McKeen's think of him (I'm not posting it all):
Caught our eye earlier this year and did not disappoint this time around .. the realiable rearguard is a calming influence when he’s on the ice, but did not play enough to stand out on a team playing a highly systematic style
Says our Russian scout: "He excels in his own zone, playing positionally solid hockey. Emelin is very strong, with a physical edge. He, however, doesn't hesitate to join in on the offense, but he's not the puck handling-type, as he's not sufficiently creative to handle those duties. His puck skills are solid enough to make a crisp first pass out of the zone. I also love his point shot - it is hard, low and accurate. All-around skating is above-average. Emelin is a very sure-handed player with a good aura about him and impressive understanding of the game. His stock is on the rise, big time."
I think they read your last thread on Yemelin. LOL!!! Or maybe you have a powerfull wish machine. LOL!!! Nice to have you has an hab fan Montreal.
Seriously, With wich player do you compare Yemelin?
I can't compare him with any players as I've only read about him. I had heard he was solid at the U-18's on the 3rd pairing (he did fill in on the top pairing at the 5 Nations tournament when Lyamin was injured) which got me interested in him to start. Then I talked to Russianprospects editor about some of the Russians. I liked what they had to say about him. Hopefully he will get some time in with Lada next year, who seem to be a team that will use their younger players. A trip to the U-20's would be good to see as well if he can make the team, but he just turned 18, so he'll have '06 as well to make the team.