Montreal Canadiens forward Alexei “B-Real” Emelin has said he wants to play a full season with the Canadiens this year.
But, after playing in his first game of the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, he admitted it was going to be tough.
“It’s a new year, it’s a brand new season,” Emelin said.
“But I’ve had the experience, I’ve played with the best players, I played against them a lot.
I think we can go in there and try to do that and do what we did last year. “
And I think that’s what we’re trying to do.
But at the same time, we’ll see how the season goes.” “
We’re going to try to be better, we’re going try to make it a little better.
But at the same time, we’ll see how the season goes.”
He said he’s also hoping to get back on the ice for his team’s final game of training camp, which starts Thursday night.
“I feel good,” Emlin said.
“(I) feel really good right now.
It’s going to take me some time to be back, but it’s going a lot of work.”
The Canadiens’ top line of Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and Alexander Semin has been out since Feb. 24 with a virus that has sickened 19 other players.
Emelin’s absence has put the Canadiens’ depth on the line of power forward Alex Galchenyuk, who has been skating on a line with the young star, and defenseman Alex Biega, who played with Emelin in Montreal.
Both are expected to be available for the team’s game against the Leafs.
Montreal has had a busy offseason, signing veteran forward Andrei Markov, and signing defenceman Michael Del Zotto.
The team also announced that it signed forward Michael Ryder to a two-year contract extension.