|Assets:||Loves to initiate contact (he'll hit anything that moves) and excels at the open-ice body check. Is extremely mobile and a very strong skater. Owns great size.|
|Flaws:||Remains unpolished in the offensive zone. Also lacks game-to-game consistency in all facets of the game of hockey. Will cough up the puck on occasion.|
|Career Potential:||Physical, mobile defenseman with a little upside.|
|5/29/2014||Missed the last 2 playoff games (undisclosed).|
|2/07/2014||Fined $5,000 by the NHL.|
|11/15/2013||Missed 19 games (left knee surgery).|
|10/31/2013||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a four-year contract extension.|
|10/01/2013||Left knee surgery, injured reserve.|
|5/09/2013||Missed the last 10 regular season and first 5 playoff games (torn ligament in left knee).|
|4/08/2013||Torn ligament in left knee, remainder of the regular season.|
|10/13/2012||Signed with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL).|
|7/01/2012||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|6/25/2012||Montreal Canadiens tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/16/2012||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|3/14/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|5/17/2011||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|6/26/2004||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round (84th overall) in 2004.|
Alexei Emelin sits again with unknown ailment | 05/30/2014 6:38 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin wasn't able to play in Game 6 against the New York Rangers due to an undisclosed ailment.
ImpactHe won't get a chance to play until next season because the Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers on Thursday night. Nathan Beaulieu took his spot in the lineup again, just like he did in Game 5.
Alexei Emelin will be a game-time call | 05/29/2014 2:45 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin (undisclosed) is being listed as a game-time decision for Thursday night.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter
ImpactHe wasn't able to play in Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury and he didn't take part in the team's morning skate Thursday. Emelin leads Montreal in hits this postseason with a total of 52 in 15 contests.
Alexei Emelin could be available for Game 6 | 05/29/2014 10:52 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin (undisclosed) was slated to travel with the Canadiens to New York for Game 6.
ImpactHe didn't play Tuesday night because of unknown ailment. If Emelin is available to suit up Thursday night then Nathan Beaulieu is probably the most likely candidate to head back to the press box.
Alexei Emelin picks up 2 assists in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 10:55 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin contributed two assists in Montreal's 5-4 OT win against Tampa Bay in Wednesday's playoff opener.
ImpactHe filled the stat sheet in the match with two penalty minutes, one shot, two hits and three blocks. Emelin also saw time on Montreal's second power-play unit, where he logged 1:09 of his 30:08 of his total ice time.
Alexei Emelin (personal) slated to play Tues. | 03/31/2014 4:30 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin returned to Montreal on Monday for a personal matter.
ImpactHe's still expected to be back to play Tuesday in Tampa Bay, though.
Alexei Emelin scores rare goal in shootout W | 03/24/2014 11:04 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin of the Canadiens scored the lone goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Boston.
ImpactThe hard-hitting defenseman isn't known for his goal-scoring prowess, but his third of the campaign came on a first-period man advantage. Daniel Briere and Brian Gionta drew assists on the goal.
Alexei Emelin registers 2 assists Tuesday | 03/19/2014 9:58 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin earned a pair of assists in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Colorado.
ImpactHe had two shots and three blocks in 20:14 of ice time. Emelin has three helpers in his last two games after going pointless in his previous seven matches.
Alexei Emelin fined for butt-ending Pelletier | 02/07/2014 9:02 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin was fined $5,000 for butt-ending Canucks forward Pascal Pelletier in Thursday's game, the NHL announced Friday night.
ImpactThe incident happened in the second period of Montreal's 5-2 victory, however Emelin was not penalized on the play. This is the first disciplinary punishment Emelin has received in his NHL career.
| 01/29/2014 1:29 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin returned to action on Tuesday January 28.
Alexei Emelin (thigh) may not play Saturday | 01/25/2014 4:07 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin exited Friday's game in the third period after he was hit on the inside of his left thigh by a shot from Niklas Kronwall.
ImpactEmelin has not played well defensively this season. He has a minus-12 rating and he's contributed just six assists in 29 games. It's unclear if he'll be available to play Saturday night.
Alexei Emelin won't play Wednesday | 01/22/2014 1:47 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin is projected to serve as a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Canadiens.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactEmelin has six points and 33 penalty minutes in 28 games this season. He's more of a defensive defenseman and isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Alexei Emelin gets fifth point of the season | 01/12/2014 11:15 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin recorded an assist in Montreal's 2-1 overtime win on Saturday.
ImpactEmelin is a defensive defenseman and is only really noteworthy in leagues that value hits and blocked shots. He has just five assists in 25 games this season.
Alexei Emelin still searching for past form | 01/09/2014 10:17 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin logged only 8:58 of ice time in Montreal's 3-1 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
ImpactThe Canadiens dressed seven defensemen in the match. Emelin was a non-factor in the match with a minus-1 rating, no hits and one blocked shot. He has a minus-8 rating in his last five appearances and hasn't played well since returning from knee surgery.
Alexei Emelin will be scratched Thursday | 01/02/2014 4:50 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin will be a healthy scratch Thursday.
ImpactDoug Murray, who has watched the last three games from the press box, will take Emelin's place in the lineup. "He's a guy that's trying to find himself right now," coach Michel Therrien said of Emelin. "It's our responsibility to bring him back to a level that he's capable of playing at like last season. Often, after a major injury and missing some serious time, returning to full status can be difficult for certain players." Emelin has picked up a combined minus-5 rating in his last two appearances. He returned to the lineup in mid-November after recovering in the summer from major knee surgery.
Alexei Emelin gets tossed for elbowing Downie | 12/13/2013 7:24 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin received a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct in Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.
ImpactThe incident occurred at the 16:15 mark of the second period when Emelin went for a hit on Flyers forward Steve Downie. Since he received a game misconduct, the league will review the play.
Emelin to make season debut Saturday | 11/16/2013 10:51 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin will make his season debut against the Rangers Saturday night.
ImpactHe has not played in an NHL game since April 6th due to a knee injury. We expect the hard-hitting blueliner to be a bit rusty upon his return to action. Even at peak performance, Emelin does not offer much from a fantasy perspective.
Emelin (knee) set to return this weekend | 11/11/2013 4:38 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin (knee) is projected to return this weekend.
ImpactThis means he could be available for Friday's game at Columbus or Saturday's match versus the New York Rangers. He received the green light after his doctor visit in New York on Monday. Emelin hasn't played yet this year because of a procedure on his knee in May.
Emelin to doctor to get belssing for return | 11/09/2013 10:55 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin (knee) is scheduled to meet with doctors Monday to see if he can return to action this week.
Dave Stubbs Twitter
ImpactHe has been practising and has been cleared for contact. The Habs could sure use his toughness and defensive zone play as soon as possible. From a fantasy perspective Emelin is not rosterable.
Alexei Emelin (knee) gets cleared for contact | 11/04/2013 3:17 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin (knee) has been cleared for contact.
ImpactHe isn't expect to play Tuesday because he skated on Montreal's fourth pairing on Monday, but appears to be making progress toward his return. Emelin hasn't played since April and he had knee surgery in May.
Emelin practiced with his teammates Thursday | 11/01/2013 7:37 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin (knee) skated with his teammates at practice on Thursday in a no-contact jersey.
ImpactIt was his first session with the Canadiens since he underwent reconstructive surgery last May on the ACL and MCL in his left knee. Montreal also announced Thursday that they had signed Emelin to a four-year contract extension worth an average of $4.1 million per season. It was a good day for the hard-hitting defenseman, who appears to be making positive strides to getting back into the lineup.
Habs, Alexei Emelin agree to 4-year extension | 10/31/2013 12:40 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a four-year extension worth $16.4 million.
ImpactEmelin hasn't played yet this season and he has been sidelined since April with a knee injury. He had to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair his ACL and MCL and is expected to return in late November or early December.
Alexei Emelin (knee) skates Sun. in full gear | 09/23/2013 10:02 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin (knee) took to the ice wearing full gear on Sunday with strength coach Pierre Allard before practice.
ImpactHe is projected to return in early December after having reconstructive knee surgery in May.
Emelin won't return until at least December | 09/03/2013 12:06 PM
NewsAccording to Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, Alexei Emelin (knee) isn't projected to be available until December at the earliest.
John Lu on Twitter
ImpactThe physical blueliner underwent knee surgery after getting injured in April. The Canadiens sought to replace his ruggedness in the lineup during the off-season by signing Doug Murray to a one-year contract.
Emelin vows to play physical after return | 06/22/2013 10:15 AM
NewsIf you are concerned that rugged Canadiens' defenseman Alexei Emelin will not play a physical brand of hockey upon his return from reconstructive knee surgery, don't be.
ImpactThe Hab rearguard, who will be out of action until November, tore his ACL and MCL after colliding with the Bruins' Milan Lucic in an April 6th game. Emelin has vowed to play the same style of hockey that got him to the NHL when he returns to action. "I will continue playing the same style, said Emelin." It was just bad luck. You can be walking down the street, trip, or run into another person by accident, and suffer a similar injury. It was a hockey play with a bad result." Emelin is a much better real defenseman than fantasy one.
Alexei Emelin out 6 months after knee surgery | 05/21/2013 4:19 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin will be sidelined for the next six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee Tuesday.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactEmelin suffered the season-ending injury on April 6 but waited until just today to have it repaired. Given the timeline, it's likely Emelin won't be able to return to the lineup until at least the end of November and possibly early December. While the injury won't affect your fantasy draft, the Canadiens clearly missed his physical presence on the blue line.
Alexei Emelin may miss start of '13-14 season | 05/15/2013 10:01 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin (knee) is projected to miss the start of the 2013-14 season.
ImpactHe suffered a torn ligament on April 6, which ended his season, and he still hasn't had surgery to repair the damage. The Canadiens missed his physical presence on the back end during the latter part of the year and in the playoffs.
Alexei Emelin's injury hurt the Canadiens | 05/10/2013 5:57 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin's absence from the lineup may have been a turning point in the season for the Montreal Canadiens.
ImpactMontreal went 5-10 without Emelin in the lineup. He missed the final 10 games of the regular season and all five of the team's playoff contests after he suffered a torn left knee ligament on April 6. The Canadiens gave up 55 goals in 15 games without Emelin for a goals-against average of 3.66 and when he did play the club had a much more respectable goals-against average of 2.39. He led the team with 110 hits and his physical presence was sorely missed on the blueline.
Alexei Emelin's (knee) season is done | 04/08/2013 12:11 PM
NewsAlexei Emelin has a torn left knee ligament.
Canadiens.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactEmelin will consequently miss the remainder of the season. He had 12 points and 33 penalty minutes in 38 games in 2013.
Emelin leaves with lower-body injury | 04/06/2013 7:53 PM
NewsAlexander Emelin won't return to Saturday night's game after suffering a lower-body injury.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactEmelin took the brunt of his own hit on Milan Lucic. He played 4:08 and had two shots on goal before departing.
Emelin gets involved in Montreal's offense | 03/11/2013 10:20 AM
NewsAlexei Emelin has warmed up considerably with two goals and five assists in his last seven games.
ImpactIn his previous 19 matches this season, he had just three assists. His current point pace won't last, but he may worthy of a flier if it can continue for a little longer. Emelin also has 88 hits and 26 blocked shots and those are categories he specializes in.
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|1/22/2014||Mtl||Pit||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|1/02/2014||Mtl||Dal||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
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|Goals||1||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Mar 24||1|
|Assists||2||vs. Col||Mar 18||2|
|Points||2||vs. Col||Mar 18||2|
|Penalty Minutes||17||at Phi||Dec 12||5|
|Plus/Minus||4||at Ott||Apr 4||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||at Bos||Mar 24||0|
|Power Play Points||1||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Mar 24||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||59 times-last:vs. NYR||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||59 times-last:vs. NYR||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shots||4||at Pit||Feb 27||3|
|Goals||3||3 times-last: 2013-14 (Mtl)|
|Penalty Minutes||59||2013-14 (Mtl)|
|Power Play Goals||1||2013-14 (Mtl)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2011-12 (Mtl)|
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