On Thursday, the New York Rangers announced that they have signed the highly-anticipated and highly-hyped young defenseman, Alexei Emelin, to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Emelin’s arrival in New York has already had a major impact on the team.
“We’re ecstatic that Alexei is here,” New York GM Glen Sather said on Thursday.
“Alexei has been an outstanding player for us all season.
He is a player who will fit right in and is an unbelievable talent.”
Emelin was selected by the Rangers in the fifth round (176th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
He has represented Russia in the past, appearing in five international games, including a tournament in Switzerland in 2018.
He was signed by the Montreal Canadiens on October 20, 2017.
“I’m just thrilled to be here and to be playing in front of so many people,” Emelin told reporters at training camp on Thursday, after being named captain of the team during the first day of camp.
“There’s a lot of people watching, a lot more people watching on TV.
I’m very happy here.
I like playing here.”
Emolin, 20, is a 6-foot-3, 207-pound center who is the son of former Russian captain Alexander Emelin.
The 6-1, 185-pound Emelin played in just 11 games in 2017-18, posting one assist and four penalty minutes.
He made his NHL debut in September against the New Jersey Devils.
The New York native has already established himself as one of the top young defensemen in the league, and he’s not done yet.
“He’s going to be an amazing player for this team and this organization,” Sather told reporters after the Rangers’ win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
He’s an outstanding hockey player. “
It’s a great thing that Alex will be here.
He’s an outstanding hockey player.
We want to see him grow and learn, but he’s a very talented player.”
Emlin was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (122nd overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, but had to wait two years to sign with the Rangers, who acquired him from the Capitals.
“The New York Islanders are the organization I’ve always dreamed of playing for, and I’m thrilled to join the team and play for them,” Emlin told reporters.
“My dream is to play in the NHL.
I think the Islanders are one of, if not the best organization.
They are a good team, they are a young organization, and they are going to do what they need to do to win a Stanley Cup.”
Emelins offensive game Emelin has scored nine goals and added three assists in 18 games this season, registering a plus-12 rating and 24 penalty minutes while registering a goal and three assists.
The native of Yaroslavl, Russia, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Capitals on November 4, 2018.
Emelin has spent the last two seasons playing for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he scored 17 goals and registered nine assists in 70 games.
He scored two goals and six assists in his first season with SarnIA.
Emlin has appeared in two OHL playoff games with the Sting, registering two points and an assist.
He recorded four points in two playoff games against the London Knights on March 24.
Emlanin is the second of four Russian-born players to make their NHL debuts this season.
Forward Maxim Lapierre (Dublin) and forward Igor Larionov (Sarnia) also made their NHL debut.