Name: Alexei Yemelin
Hometown: Togliatti, Russia
Acquired: 2004 NHL Draft, 3rd round (84th)
Alexi Yemelin – Known for his aggressive physical game, Yemelin also is said to have a solid point shot, that will need more work. He was likely drafted due to his defensive play and physical play, although not the biggest player, he is considered one of the hardest hitting Russian defensemen in this draft. Played for the U-18 for Team Russia on the 3rd pairing, and all accounts seem to say he performed very well as steady yet physical force in his own end.