NHL PLAYER, Alexei Emelin
Born Apr 25, 1986 -- Togliatti, Russia
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 3 #84 overall 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Alexei Emelin is a Russian defenceman currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Emelin was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 84th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Emelin spent a large portion of his career with Lada Togliatti in the Russian Superleague (RSL) before signing with Ak Bars Kazan. He was also a member of Russia's under-18 and under-20 national squads, and has also become a regular member of the senior national team, skating for both in EuroTour and the World Championships.
On 17 May 2011, the Emelin signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for the 2011–12 season. He played his first regular season NHL game on 9 October 2011, in a 5–1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. In addition, he scored his first regular season NHL point, an assist, on 6 December 2011, in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On 25 January 2012, he scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings.
On 30 June 2012, Emelin signed a two-year extension up until the end of the 2013–14 season.
During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Emelin established himself as a key member of the Canadiens' defensive core, often playing with fellow countryman Andrei Markov. He scored three goals and 12 points in 38 games for the Canadiens and finished with a plus-minus rating of +2.
On 31 October 2013, he signed a four-year contract extension with Montreal, lasting through the 2017–18 season.
On June 21, 2017, Emelin was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft as a Canadiens' unprotected player. On July 1, 2017, the Golden Knights traded Emelin to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.