Artem Anisimov (18 goals and 42 points) has come close to doubling his totals from last year (11 goals and 28 points). The past few weeks he’s been one of the best Rangers on the ice. He’s made his defensive play even better. He’s become more consistent. Everyone is impressed with the progress Anisimov has made. Well, everyone except for Artie himself.
There are very good examples in the league. Steven Stamkos, the Sedin brothers, Pasha Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sasha Ovechkin, Zhenya Malkin… I need to improve myself, to raise the level of my play.
On one hand, it’s good to see that Anisimov isn’t complacent. He still can improve in many areas of the game. 18 goals is an improvement for sure, but he has the skillset to potentially get to to 25, if not 30. He could also use his body to be more physical. And that 43% faceoff percentage sure needs work. Tortorella has made it a team concept to never be completely satisfied. Still, he’s being a little hard on himself. Not playing as well as Stamkos or Datsyuk is nothing to be ashamed of. Anisimov is already a contributor for the Rangers, and he’s only 22 in his second NHL season. As he develops, and especially learns to use his size to his advantage, he’s going to be a very good player. Maybe not Pavel Datsyuk good, but effective nonetheless. Make sure to read the whole interview. It’s not terribly long, and he gives a bit of insight things such as why he wears the number 42 .