Canadiens’ Romanov comparable to Kings’ Doughtyfind-out-why-the-montreal-canadiens-management-team-call-alex-romanov-the-assassin-nhl-trade-rumors-highlights-recap-hockey says Eastern Conference exec

  • It’s official: “The Destroyer” has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Cue his music, roll out the red carpet and prepare the merchandise.
  • To say the Canadiens are cautiously optimistic about the player’s abilities would be completely understating it.
  • It was Millstein who made us aware of Bergevin telling Romanov at a dinner in Moscow that the management team refers to him as “The Destroyer.”
  • And it was Canadiens assistant general manager Trevor Timmins who, on a conference call on April 9, was raving about Romanov’s off-ice attributes.

  • We know the five-foot-11, 185-pounder’s numbers — Romanov scored just one goal and added 10 assists over 86 games with CSKA Moscow — certainly don’t jump off the page.
  • But this comment from an Eastern Conference executive we spoke to on Friday certainly will:

“He’s more of a Drew Doughty type. At the world juniors, a lot of the GMs and AGMs were comparing him to… they said he plays the way Drew Doughty plays,” the executive said. “To hit the nail on the head, the comparison with Doughty is to say Romanov wants to take command of the game. He wants to be involved in every facet of the game, and he can be with his skating ability.”

  • When we suggested Romanov has been compared by some to former Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin in that he doesn’t shy away from the physical game, that comparison was quickly dismissed.

“He’s much better than Emelin,” said the executive. “Way better skater, much better gap control. His gap control is his best asset, and he has way more offence than people realize.”

  • It won’t be long before we see Romanov making them with the Canadiens.

“I’ll be waiting, I’ll be training so hard,” said Romanov. “I just want to play my first game and play in the NHL. I will be training so hard, and I will wait.”

Sources & Credits: Eric Engel, Sportsnet
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