Vegas claim Alexei Emelin in expansion draft

The Vegas Golden Knights have officially announced Alexei Emelin as their expansion draft selection from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens left Emelin unprotected on their list which had to be submitted to the National Hockey League (NHL) by 5:00pm ET last Saturday.

Protected List

Instead, the Canadiens elected to protect Carey Price (G), Jordie Benn (D), Jeff Petry (D), Shea Weber (D), Paul Byron (F), Philip Danault (F), Jonathan Drouin (F), Alex Galchenyuk (F), Brendan Gallagher (F), Max Pacioretty (F) and Andrew Shaw (F).

With 31 players and prospects in the organization exempt from the expansion draft, that left 20 unprotected. Exactly half of them becoming unrestricted or restricted free agents in the off-season.


Leading up to today, there was much speculation revolving around Emelin, Tomas Plekanec, Brandon Davidson and Charles Hudon.

With Plekanec being Montreal’s highest paid forward and Emelin making north of $4-million per year, many were under the impression that general manager Marc Bergevin could persuade Vegas to take one of the two. Regardless, both are set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2017-18 season.

Some saw Hudon as a tempting option given the 22-year old’s American Hockey League dominance. As for Davidson, it was believed that the 25-year old’s cheap contract combined with NHL readiness could be an option.

Alexei Emelin



Alexei Emelin
Age: 31
Position: Defence
Birthplace: Togliatti ,Russia
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 216
Drafted: 84th Overall (3rd Round) - 2004 NHL Draft / Montreal Canadiens



Emelin has been with the Habs for his entire career up to this point. Despite being selected in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Emelin didn’t make his way to North America until the 2011-12 season.

After being drafted, Emelin split seven seasons in Russia between Lada Togliatti and AK Bars Kazan. In those 304 games – Emelin recorded 62 points and 552 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, he finally broke his four-year streak of single digit point totals with a 27 point season and drew North American interest.

Over the course of six seasons, Alexei played in 380 regular season games and 29 playoff games for the Habs. The defensive blue liner averaged 0.19 points per game in the regular season and 0.17 in the playoffs.

What Next for Alexei?

In the fall of 2013, he signed a four-year extension worth $16.4-million with Montreal. The contract holds a cap hit of $4.1-million per year and expires at the conclusion of the 2017-18 NHL season.

With so many deals in place to be announced over the upcoming days, it is difficult to say for certain which expansion picks will be kept and which will be flipped to other teams. For now, it is safest to assume that Emelin will be a Golden Knight in their inaugural season.

All About The Habs would like to thank Alexei Emelin for his contributions to the Montreal Canadiens over the past several years and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

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One Response to Vegas claim Alexei Emelin in expansion draft

  1. Well that worked nicely getting Emelin off the books. Now if we suck someone into taking Pleks we will be in much better shape.

    Ned Stark June 21, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

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