Alexei Emelin
Alexei Emelin
33-Year-Old DefensemanD
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Alexei Emelin in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed with European team Avangard Omsk (KHL) in September of 2018.
Discarded by Preds, will test free agency
DNashville Predators  Foreign
May 19, 2018
Emelin will not return to the Predators next season, The Tennessean reports.
Knowing Ryan Ellis would miss the first half of last season with a knee injury, the Preds acquired Emelin from the Golden Knights last July to help fill the gap. However, once Ellis returned in January, Emelin went from skating 19-20 minutes per game alongside P.K. Subban to playing 14-15 minutes in a third-pairing role. Furthermore, he was mostly ineffective during the postseason and was a healthy scratch for three of the Preds' final four games against the Jets. Now a pending unrestricted free agent, the 31-year-old blueliner will look to catch on with a new team this summer.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Predators acquired Emelin from the Golden Knights last summer, and leaned on him heavily in the first half of the season when Ryan Ellis was on the shelf following knee surgery. However, once Ellis returned to action in the second half, Emelin quickly fell out of favor with the Preds. He was a healthy scratch for three of the team's last four playoff games, and during the offseason, GM David Poile indicated Emelin would not be back. Now an unrestricted free agent, Emelin will look to catch on with a new team for the 2018-19 campaign.
After finishing up his sixth season in Montreal, Emelin was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft, only to be rerouted to Nashville a few days later. The Russian’s physical edge should complement the team’s skilled defense quite well. A stay-at-home blueliner, Emelin delivered 241 hits for the Canadiens last year, the fourth time in six seasons he’s crossed the 200-hit threshold -- for perspective, Matt Irwin’s 115 hits in 2016-17 led all Preds defensemen. Emelin also provides some insurance for Ryan Ellis, who underwent knee surgery during the offseason.
Four seasons into his NHL career, Emelin's established a pretty strong baseline of expectations for fantasy owners and Habs fans alike: a defensively oriented game that includes tons of hits and blocked shots, plus a smattering of penalty minutes and not much offense. He's scored exactly three goals in each season, and he complements those with an assist total that can be expected to barely eke its way into double digits. Of course, scoring isn't his job -- his job is to be a big body who clears Carey Price's crease, and he does it well.
Emelin missed the first month and a half while recovering from knee surgery and took some time before he was back to form. In 59 games, Emelin led the Habs with 189 hits. That's his game and his biggest value to a fantasy team, as he's limited offensively. Emelin is the biggest thumper the Habs have on the blue line and will continue that role as a top-four defenseman.
Emelin was Montreal's biggest banger for a second straight season in 2012-13, but an April knee injury leaves his status for the start of the upcoming season in jeopardy. There isn't much flash to Emelin's game. He's a top hitter, so the Canadiens will miss that element on defense. His absence will open up a spot for prospect Jarrod Tinordi.
Emelin signed with the Canadiens prior to the 2011-12 season and came with little expectation. After some early-season healthy scratches, Emelin used his physicality to earn a greater share of playing time as the season wore on, finishing with seven points in 67 games. He was the team's leader in hits and averaged nearly 18 minutes per-game after the All-Star break. He'll be one of the top four defensemen to open the season.
Emelin was drafted by Montreal in 2004, and after two failed attempts to get him to North America, the Canadiens finally got their man. And it might be a good thing it took seven years to get him here, as Emelin has grown physically in that time. He plays an aggressive brand of defense and was largely seen as a stay-at-home body until his final season with the Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL. Emelin got ample work on their power play and posted a career-high 11 goals (seven on the PP) and 16 assists with a plus-17. He is expected to challenge for a starting spot immediately. Though he signed a two-way contract, he has an out that will let him go back to Russia if he doesn't make the Canadiens roster.
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Secures nine points in 2017-18
DNashville Predators  Foreign
May 13, 2018
Emelin scored one goal and pitched in eight assists in 76 games during 2017-18 while averaging 16:53 of ice time and blocking 109 shots.
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Ready to roll Tuesday
DNashville Predators  Foreign
March 27, 2018
Emelin (upper body) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Minnesota, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Practices Tuesday
DNashville Predators  Foreign
Upper Body
March 27, 2018
Emelin -- who is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury -- took the ice for morning skate Tuesday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Seeing increased ice time as injury replacement
DNashville Predators  Foreign
March 9, 2018
Emelin has been averaging 20:15 in ice time over the past four games, skating on the second defensive pairing in place of the injured Roman Josi (upper body).
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Delivering plenty of hits but little scoring
DNashville Predators  Foreign
February 4, 2018
Emelin was held off the scoresheet for the ninth consecutive game Saturday, but delivered six hits, two PIM, and a blocked shot in a 5-2 win over the Rangers.
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