Oct 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) celebrates with center Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring against the New York Islanders during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
3. The other Harlem Globetrotters
See? Having a real second-line center is awesome. Artem Anisimov has already payed as the perfect complement to Patrick Kane. This is something ’Hawks fans have been dreaming of since Kane made his debut in 2007. In fact, it’s even better than that, because calling Anisimov a complementary piece to Kane is a disservice to Anisimov.
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He is a great center on his own. He isn’t quite as flashy as his fellow linemates in Kane and Panarin, but he does other things that they can’t do as well.
That would mainly be playing defense. Anisimov’s two-way game prevents the puck from being in the ’Hawks’ zone for very long and as a result the puck is in the opponent’s zone with Kane and Panarin on the ice too. When this is working, good things will happen to the ’Hawks.
We shouldn’t expect them to just turn every other team into the Washington Generals every night, but more often than not, they will make good things happen.
Tonight’s matchup with the Flyers works in their favor, too.
Next: Thought No. 2