The Montreal Gazette

Fantasy Summary

A great skater with good offensive skills. Likes to play a physical brand of hockey. Decision making is a bit questionable at times.


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July 2022 – The Isles acquired Romanov and Montreal’s fourth-round pick in this year’s entry draft for the 13th-overall pick this year. Lou Lamoriello was rumored to be in the market for a defensively responsible left-hand shot partner for offensive-minded Noah Dobson. That could be Romanov, although he’s just 22 and prone to occasional questionable decisions. Another option for new head coach Lane Lambert would be pairing Adam Pelech with Dobson and matching Romanov with veteran Ryan Pulock. Mind you, Lamoriello might still wheel and deal. Mark Allan

September 2021 – Romanov had a solid rookie season for the Canadiens, but ended up in the dog house during the Canadiens run to the Stanley Cup Final. Romanov was scratched for more veteran defenders, suiting up in only four of the Canadiens’ 22 playoff games. When he was playing during the regular season he was a steady physical defender who managed six points in 54 games. He will be worth a bet in fantasy this season as he should see an increase in his 17:15 of average ice time, and with more ice time he will only increase his already respectable hits and blocks totals. Pablo Ruiz

January 2020 – Romanov has come as advertised through his first four NHL games. The  freshly turned 21-year-old plays with the efficiency of a veteran with several years of NHL experience. He is physical and uses his size to win puck battles in his defensive corner then his able to make a crisp first pass. He is taking over three shots a game and already has his first career goal. The longer the season goes on the more coach Claude Julien will learn to trust him and this will result in his current average time on ice of 17:50 to rise. Pablo Ruiz

 

July 2020 – Alex Romanov was apart of the 33-man training camp roster that the Canadiens released on July 12th. Romanov officially signed his entry-level deal making him eligible to practice in phases three and four for the Canadiens but ineligible to play in any of the team’s games in these playoffs. Signing his contract now will also burn a year off of his entry-level deal. Pablo Ruiz

 

May 2020 – Romanov has agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens. The contract will be officially signed after there’s clarity about the 2019-2020 season and if it will continue or not. If the season continues, Romanov could be on the NHL roster right away.  Pat Quinn

 

March 2020 – Romanov has struggled to get ice time playing for a stacked team in CSKA Moskow, having averaged 12:53 in ice time during his 43 KHL games this season. CSKA is heavy favorites going into their first-round matchup against Torpedo. He also helped Team Russia to a silver medal in the 2020 World Junior Championships with 6 points in 8 games. Romanov is expected to start next season in Montreal. His smooth skating and offensive instinct should allow him to rise quickly on the Canadiens defense chart as the Canadiens lack someone with his skill set and have a very weak left side. Romanov could be a dark horse candidate for the Calder in the 2020-21 season. Pablo Ruiz

 

May 2019 – Romanov showed during his season in the KHL that he can play with the pros. And he showed in the WJC that he can be dominant against his peers. He tallied eight points in seven games and was the tournament’s top defenseman. Really, this guy could probably make the team if they can bring him over. He’s been that much of a surprise this year. – Dobber

 

October 2018 – Romanov has been included to the preliminary roster for Russia in the 2018 CIBC Canada-Russia series. If he makes the final roster it would be a great opportunity for the 18-year-old to match his skills against the other best prospects in the CHL. Drafted 38th overall in 2018, Romanov has been adjusting quite well to the KHL this year and while the offense-minded Russian is a couple of years away the NHL, his progression will be interesting to watch over the next months as his NHL selection was a bit of a surprise to some at 38. Carl Sinclair

 

August 2018 – Les Habitants picked the Russian defenseman 38th overall, a rank far from the one predicted by every prospects analysts. His shot is at a very high level and his low and fluid wind up makes it hard for opposing defenders and goalies to foresee. The size of an offensive dman isn’t as much of an issue in these years’ NHL and that’s perfect for Romanov who’s only 5-11. The fact he has a great feel for either goals or assists doesn’t make him any less of a mature and reliable defender, which the Habs love from their defense. The Russian who score 14 pts in the MHL (U20 Russian league) as well as scoring 3 pts in 5 U18 WJC games is far more than a couple years away from being the next Andrei Markov, but with that big of a reach to draft him, Marc Bergevin seems pretty confident he could be there eventually. Carl Sinclair

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.2
NHL Certainty 9.9
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 6, 2000
Height 6‘0”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 38

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Krylia Sovetov Moskva U16Russia U1626 4 1115 18|        
 2016-2017 Krylia Sovetov Moskva U17Russia U1722 4 59 28|        
  Krylia Sovetov Moskva U18Russia U1811 1 23 16|Playoffs9 1 12
  MHK Krylia Sovetov MoskvaMHL15 1 23 2|        
 2017-2018 Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaJCWC4 0 00 2|        
  CSKA Moskva U18Russia U183 2