What's funny about moving Anisimov for a first round pick? He and something else should bring back a mid first round pick. Alone he could probably bring back a very early 2nd rounder (35 or so) or a bottom end 1st rounder.
Nah Jonathan, I think we have started to sell Anisimov and Dubinsky short here.
I like Grigerenko and think he is the best case scenario going into this draft. But it's a weak draft and he is no sure thing. He could fall short to make it on talent alone, while he also could become a good top 2 line center (his skating IS holding him back for sure).
He is also a CSKA kid, and that org is new rich and will always be an option for him.
Remember that Anisimov was our 1st line center two years ago. He is a young big center who plays the game both ways. Since we are not able to open games up, nobody scores much for us. But Anisimov is a serviceable 2nd line center for many teams in this league (or many, at least 10+).
Giving a player like him away make little sense. I'd move expendable parts to get Grigs. But I definitely leave the core be.
Unfounded questions of personality and work ethic.
The questions about his personality may be unfounded, but the concerns about his work ethic are very real. He's known for taking shifts off and disappearing in big games. Yes, he reportedly had Mono at the end of the season and in the playoffs, but it's not as if that was the lone period of time people were questioning his work ethic on the ice.