Vegas selects Alexei Emelin from Canadiens

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The Vegas Golden Knights have added another name to their roster, as the club selected defenseman Alexei Emelin in the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday from the Montreal Canadiens.

Emelin's Montreal exit comes on the heels of defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and top prospect Mikhail Sergachev being - separately - shipped out of town, continuing a trend of change on the Canadiens' blue line. Meanwhile, Emelin immediately provides Vegas with a stabilizing veteran presence on the back end.

In six seasons with the Habs, Emelin racked up 14 goals and 58 helpers to go along with an impressive 1,235 hits, and will add a bit of much-needed truculence to Vegas' blue line.

Emelin becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.

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