New Jersey Devils forward Alexei Emelin has been one of the hottest players in the NHL for the past three seasons.
He is the most prolific scorer in the league and has a career total of 1,824 points, second only to Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.
However, he has yet to score a goal in a game in a career full of goals.
His biggest challenge as he prepares to make the jump from the NHL to the American Hockey League will be keeping his speed.
The Czech Republic native is known for his speed and his ability to finish off plays, but his speed also allows him to move at high speeds, allowing him to get to the front of the net.
Emelin is considered a speedster, but he can be very slow.
In fact, he hasn’t scored a goal since November of last season.
However with the addition of defenseman Anthony Beauvillier, Emelin could see a huge increase in speed as he looks to score goals.
He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Islanders.
He played his college hockey at Michigan State University.
He has played in four NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Carolina Hurricanes.
He finished his collegiate career with 651 points (153 goals, 595 assists) and has been a member of the Hurricanes all three years.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound forward played in the NCAA last season and had 13 goals and 44 points in 58 games.
He earned the All-Big Ten First Team honors.
Emela also represented Czech Republic in the 2017 World Juniors.
Emelin was selected by the Islanders in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
He spent the 2017-18 season with the Islanders, scoring four goals and three assists in 16 games.
Emelin has one year remaining on his contract with the Devils.
He had seven goals and 18 points in 63 games last season, making the team’s fourth line.
Sources: NBC Sports New Jersey, NBC Sports Chicago, NHL.com, NHL Players’ Tribune, HockeyBuzz, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, NHL Central Scouting