The Canadiens selected defenseman Alexei Emelin in 84th overall in the 2004 entry draft. Rather than come to the Canadiens minor league organization where he faced prolonged growing pains, he elected to stay in the lucrative Kontinental League where he played seven years. Rather than playing for AHL wages he earned top money in the KHL and arrived in Montreal a fully developed NHL defenseman.
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Because of the injury to Brian Gionta, which took him out of the seaason’s second half, right wing on the Canadiens became a serious problem. Gionta’s replacements were a mixture of rookies and fourth line players and the results were predictable. Gionta returns next season but the Canadiens still have a major third line iissue to deal with.
There aren’t too many P.K. Subban’s and Shea Weber’s around. Most defencemen take five or six years to develop. Alexei Yemelin has now spent six years honing his skills in Russia’s top league. He’s played on two Russian championship teams and he’s currently in Bratislava, Slovakia participating in his fourth World Tournament. His two year contract with Ak-Bars Kazan has now expired. Toronto agent Don Meehan and his Russian associates will now be representing Yemelin for the second time in negotiations with the Canadiens.