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09-09-2012, 03:04 PM
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Artem Anisimov
Age: 24
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205 lbs
How Acquired: Trade with NY Rangers (along with Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, 2013 1st round pick; in exchange for Rick Nash, Stephen Delisle, 2013 3rd round pick), July 23rd, 2012

Analysis: Another returning piece in the blockbuster Rick Nash trade, Anisimov arrives in Columbus hoping that a clean slate will provide a solid launching point for what looks to be a promising career. Originally taken 54th overall at the 2006 NHL draft, the lanky forward's best season in North America thus far came in an impressive sophomore campaign in the AHL. In the 2008-09 season, Anisimov posted an impressive 37 goals and 81 points in 80 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, and has since spent three years with the Rangers, over the course of which he has only missed three games; scoring 46 goals and 108 points in 244 games. With a new locale in Columbus, Anisimov will absolutely be leaned upon to provide a greater chunk of the offense than he was with the Rangers, and with his quick hands and soft touch, should have the ability to do so.

Pros: Size, hands, vision
Cons: Can underachieve at times, will have to find a way to remain focused; is he a high level center or just a quality support guy?

Realistic Expectations: With the Rangers, Anisimov was a bit under the radar and thus didn't face the top defenders in the league. That won't be the case in Columbus, so his ability to battle through it will be key. However, without John Tortorella, the reigns may be loose enough for him to showcase his world class skill, something that he didn't get much opportunity to do in New York. As it stands, his best season in the NHL was 44 points in 2010-11 ... I know he is capable of surpassing that, but the attitude he brings on a nightly basis will decide that. If he competes and battles, this guy is a top 2 center on most teams in the NHL based on skill alone. He's an exciting player, and I would be very happy to see a 50+ point campaign from him.

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