Kane crucial to Panarin’s development, Anisimov’s revival
Not only has Kane’s historic season been vital to the success of the team as a whole, but also to the success and transition of rookie linemate Artemi Panarin. It’s been noted how much Kane and
Panarin have been able to feed off of each other this season and make the Blackhawks’ second-line so dangerous.
Also, for the first time in a long time, Kane was playing a full season with a bona-fide No. 2 center with Artem Anisimov and a dynamic wing player to add to his own skill set. No longer would Kane be paired with aging stop-gaps or defensive-minded centers in Chicago’s second-line group.
With Kane’s skill set, it’s no wonder that Panarin and Anisimov have put together career numbers. Panarin, making his NHL debut this year, is squarely in line to take home the Calder Trophy as the league’s Rookie of the Year after a 77-point season, while Anisimov has topped the 20-goal and 40-point marks for the second time in his career.
Not to mention, Panarin’s 77-point season places him inside the top-ten in the NHL, giving him his Schedule B bonus of $1.725 million for being a top-ten forward in the league in points and points-per-game.
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Looking at the even-strength ice-time for Kane, Anisimov, and Panarin and how those number have been affected by Kane’s presence on the ice is staggering. Nearly 85 percent of all Five-on-Five ice-time for all three players was spent together this season and with Kane on the ice, both Panarin and Anisimov’s offensive and defensive effectiveness was significantly higher than without him. Nearly a two-goal difference in the wrong direction between goals for and goals against for Panarin without Kane on the ice with him.
Anisimov deserves some credit, but without playing alongside the league MVP, Panarin would not be in top-contention for the Calder Trophy this season.
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