Thread: Artem Anisimov
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04-25-2011, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
The way he plays defense, and the way he tries to bull his way to the net, I'd hesitate to say he plays "scared." That's just hyperbole.

He is weak on the boards. Fortunately, that is something that can potentially be addressed as he continues to develop. He's 22; as a professional hockey player, you definitely haven't hit your physical peak at 22. He has plenty of time to continue to add strength. He was much stronger on the puck and in the corners this year than he was last year, where a deep breath could knock him off the puck.
Not sure what you're saying. He doesn't bull his way as much as he should and can. When he has the puck in the offensive zone along the boards he has a tough time holding onto it. He is always hesitant in a dump and chase forecheck scenario.....trying to shy away from contact.

Arty is a positional hockey player who doesn't like getting his nose dirty. Below average sturdiness along the boards. Maybe the worst on the team. He's still talented enough to be a 50+ point player, but unless he has drastic changes in strength and engagement along the boards then he is going to hurt his club when it matters most.

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