Alexander Romanov

Montreal Canadiens
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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.8
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 6, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 38

Observations

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.  Jokke Nevalainen

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Krylia Sovetov Moskva U16 Russia U16 26 4 11 15 18 |          
 2016-2017 Krylia Sovetov Moskva U17 Russia U17 22 4 5 9 28 |          
  Krylia Sovetov Moskva U18 Russia U18 11 1 2 3 16 | Playoffs 9 1 1 2
  MHK Krylia Sovetov Moskva MHL 15 1 2 3 2 |          
 2017-2018 Krasnaya Armiya Moskva JCWC 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  CSKA Moskva U18 Russia U18 3 2 1 3 4 |          
  Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 37 7 7 14 37 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 1 2 3 0 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 4 0 4 2 |          
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 16 5 2 7 4 |          
 2018-2019 CSKA Moskva KHL 43 1 3 4 12 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 6 1 0 1 4 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 1 7 8 0 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 15 3 7 10 4 |          
  Russia II (all) International 2 0 2 2 0 |          
 2019-2020 CSKA Moskva KHL 43 0 7 7 14 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Montréal Canadiens NHL - - - - - |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 1 5 6 2 |          
  Russia EHT 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 15 2 6 8 8 |          
  Russia (all) International 3 0 0 0 2 |          

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