|LD ALEXANDER S. ROMANOV|
|Birthplace: Moskva, Russia|
|Weight: 185 lbs|
|NHL Draft: 2018 | 2nd Round | 38th overall|
|Montreal Canadiens own rights until June 1, 2022|
Montreal Canadiens (NHL) 3-year entry-level contract, not yet registered with the league pending decision for the remainder of the current season. The contract could possibly start for the 2019-20 season or pushed back to start for the 2020-21 season.
Romanov is a sturdy two-way defenceman with a great tool kit. He’s an excellent skater with a powerful stride and fantastic first couple of steps. He can stop and start, shimmy and shake with ease to escape a check. He has a heavy slapshot with okay accuracy and a pretty deadly wrist shot. His vision is above average, he can stretch the ice or make conventional effective breakout passes. He’s not afraid to carry the puck out of his own zone and uses a combination of his speed and lower body strength to protect the puck. He’ll also jump up into the play to create an odd-man attack rush and recognizes good offensive positioning. Defensively Romanov always has an active stick, blocking passing lanes or jarring the puck loose while pinning the attacker along the boards. He has good gap control to keep the attackers to the perimeter and cut off cycles using his body. Romanov can jump up and lower the boom or take out the opponent along the boards with a bone-crushing hit. He’ll have to put on more weight and work on his upper body strength and his playmaking/offensive creativity.
“Surprised with his balance, footwork, lateral agility, strong pivots, lightning release and heavy shot. Uses his body in all three zones and will step into the opposition. Leans to hold off fore-checkers while he is moving on the attack. Creative carrier and passer who anticipates offensive flow. Supports the attack in his five man unit that expects him to get low if the opportunity opens. Did I mention his fancy foot work and ability to change directions? He stops and starts and almost always make crisp outlet passes from his end.” – Bill Placzek (DraftSite)
“Romanov is a powerful skater who combines size and speed into one strong package. Ever the opportunist, the teenage defender consistently looks to either join a rush or create one himself with either his legs or with deadly accurate stretch passes. You have to keep an eye on him during dump-ins, as Romanov pivots quickly with his head up and can catch opponents in a line change. He was used in every situation (Power play, penalty kill, late/close draws) and displayed reliability in all three zones. Romanov was able to find openings once inside the opposing blue line thanks to keeping his feet moving and showing a strong desire to gain control of the puck. He has a devastating shot — wrist or slap — and can score from distances well above the circles. From a physical standpoint, Romanov looks to make jarring hits in open ice but without needing to travel across a big patch of ice to deliver hit. His upper body is very strong, and in close-quarter puck battles he was able to outmuscle opponents of all sizes. Play during one-on-one was relative solid, as he showed a proclivity for staying tight with his man near the blue line and closing with speed and an active stick.” – Steve Kournianos (TheDraftAnalyst)