Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Habsfan18, Jan 12, 2006.
Will he suit up for the Habs anytime soon?
Anytime soon as in next year? I hope he's signed this summer but I wouldn't expect him to play in the NHL as managment usually brings players along slowly.
pierre mcguire has high praise for him saying "hes a real special player and will be a great player for the canadiens"
In the journal of Montreal there was an article saying he wishes to have an offer from the org this summer..
Montreal really needs to bring some defensive prospects over to play in Hamilton next year. Emelin, Korpikari, O'Byrne, even Linhart should all be signed and brought to the AHL to further their development. One or two of that bunch should help the Habs in the long run.
I'm actually a big fan and I think that his offensive upside is way underrated. He skates well, has good sense in all zones, makes a good breakout pass and plays with a huge edge. More safe than flashy skill wise. There are alot of comparisons to Kasparaitis but IMO he reminds me more of Konstantinov. I think that he was every bit as good as Staal and Johnson & Johnson at the WJC.
Since he expressed his wishes to be signed by the habs AND the organization is seriously lacking defensive prospects of his caliber, I just don't see why he wouldn't be signed this summer and play in the AHL next year.
The Habs have 2 d's they can get rid of next year by not resigning: Rivet and Streit.
The way Rivet has been playing, he get resigned for sure. While many Habs fans may not agree, Streit has been progressing all season long. It would be curious to see what management does with him.
All this being said, I think Emelin start the season in Hamilton (unless he blows away in camp) then would be called up upon need.
NOTE: if I'm wrong about the Habs D contractual status, by all means correct me
It'd be nice to see him come over, but, I doubt he sees any significant playing time in Montreal next year. He probably needs another 2 years of development at a minimum.
Any new defensemen on the Habs next year will be acquired through trade or free agency, unless Cote surprises, imo.
before the season started, timmins said that O'byrne was the teams best d prospect, both of them together sounds encouraging.
PM jumping on another bandwagon...
From the unoticeable and physically challenged d-man we have seen in North Dakota last year to the physical monster and PP specialist he has been for Russia in this year's WJC, there is a huge difference. I can't believe how much Emelin has progressed in only one year. I didn't know the offensive upside was there in him... I thought he'd be at best an undersized but physical, stay-at-home d-man. Encouraging signs for sure.
Is this a joke? The Emelin bandwaggon? You're searching where theres nothing.
I think you misunderstood what I was saying...
I wasn't really implying there's an Emelin bandwagon right now...
I was listening to the Team 990 prior to the WJC, and they were talking about Montreal prospects in this tournament...he barely had anything to say about Emelin...
Now all of a sudden PM says "hes a real special player and will be a great player for the canadiens"
It was just a sarcastic comment...
Rivet has an other year on his contract, Streit has two remaining after this season.
I strongly believe Emelin will be signed to play in Hamilton next year. If not, somebody in the Habs organization is sleeping. Because seeing how the team lacks quality Dmen at every level, NHL and on the farm, Emelin seems like a no brainer for Hamilton next year, where he should see lots of ice.
Korpikari and O'Byrne might join as well, but so far it seems Emelin is the brightest D prospect for the Habs, therefore he should be the priority.
Confidence plays a big part. Last year he was mostly riding the pine with Lada, seeing very little action. This year he's a regular on the 3rd pairing and from what I understand he's been moved up to the 2nd pairing after the team lost may of it's top players due to money troubles.
I agree that it makes sense he will be signed this summer, assuming Lada doesn't give Gainey any problems. Look forward to seeing what he can do in Hamilton.
I think he'll join the Habs this summer...and he has good chance to be the surprize like this summer was Perezhogin
Didn't he make the hit on O'Sullivan only to take a stick in the face? Pretty much starting the Russian taunts.
He will come over for sure but even if he surprise the Habs, he will play in Hamilton...they will not rush him and they don't need to rush him.
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