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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reasons Panarin Is Top Rookie

By Mario Tirabassi
Mar 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (72) shoots during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (72) shoots during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates his goal in front of Boston Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles (26) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Panarin leads all rookies in scoring

The first and easiest way to make a case for Panarin to be the Rookie of the Year is to look at the statistics. Plain and simple, and by a wide margin, Panarin is the top scoring rookie in the league (through Sunday’s action).

  1. Artemi Panarin – 77 Games/ 28 Goals /44 Assists / 72 Points
  2. Jack Eichel – 78 Games/ 23 Goals /29 Assists / 52 Points
  3. Max Domi – 77 Games/ 18 Goals /33 Assists / 51 Points
  4. Dylan Larkin – 77 Games/ 23 Goals /22 Assists / 45 Points
  5. Connor McDavid – 43 Games/ 15 Goals /30 Assists / 45 Points

On a purely statistical level, Panarin is the top performer, by 20 points, over second-place Jack Eichel. If you want to be technical on a points per game basis, Panarin is scoring 0.94 PPG which is second to McDavid’s 1.05 PPG.

Check it out: Panarin is NHL’s First-Star of the Week

Unfortunately for McDavid, who was anointed the next Sidney Crosby coming out of last summer’s NHL draft, injuries happen and do factor into the complete season performance for an award that is supposed to be awarded based off a complete season’s accomplishments. If McDavid didn’t miss a large chunk of the season to injury, he would have arguably the best rookie season going. But he doesn’t, and Panarin does.

Next: The Linemate Factor

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