When I was doing my due diligence for a “Fab Freshman” article for our annual Poolbook in the summer, I grabbed the opinions of a couple NHL scouts on which players they thought would impress the most in their inaugural run through The Circuit. Names on the list included Tavares, Nikita Filatov, Cody Hodgson, Matt Gilroy, Colin Wilson and more, but when the name Artem Anisimov came up, there was an underlining pause.
The Rangers prospect is the guy to watch out for.
“Honestly, I think he’s the best of the ones you’ve named so far,” said one scout.
...the Russian rookie has definitely displayed the talent level that made him the Rangers #1 prospect, however, there have been games this preseason where he's been completely invisible. So I'm not so sure I'm ready to hand him the Calder yet.
...having said that I do expect Anisimov to have a solid year and blossom into one of the Rangers top players for years to come.