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Chicago Blackhawks’ Artem Anisimov Undergoes Surgery

By Sean Fitzgerald
Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) in action during game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 4-3 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) in action during game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 4-3 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago Blackhawks Center Artem Anisimov Has Surgery

The offseason is now in full swing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Players are taking care of issues that plagued them during the season. Today, the Blackhawks announced center Artem Anisimov underwent successful wrist surgery. The Blackhawks forward will able to resume hockey activities in six to eight weeks, according to team doctor Michael Terry.

No one is saying exactly when the wrist injury occurred during the season, but it might shed some light on a huge regression in Anisimov’s faceoff game. Despite having his highest goal (20) output in his career, Anisimov had his worst season at the faceoff dot. He took 1,148 faceoffs during the regular season, winning 507 and losing 641. That was good for a percentage 44.2.

In the playoffs, Anisimov’s faceoff percentage dipped even lower against the St. Louis Blues. When the Blackhawks needed faceoff wins, he was at his worst. In Games 5-7, his faceoff percentage was just 30.2. Overall as a team, the Blackhawks struggled at the faceoff dot. The Marcus Kruger injury earlier in the season hurt the team’s faceoff percentage, and so did Anisimov’s hidden wrist injury.

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The hope of the Blackhawks is that the wrist surgery will improve Anisimov’s faceoff percentage next season. Despite finding his niche on the second line with Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, his CF% (Corsi-For Percentage) was only 50.0. A 50.0 CF% is not good enough on a team that prides itself on being a puck possession team. As stated earlier, the Blackhawks overall CF% dropped significantly this season, and their lower collective faceoff win percentage could be a part of the problem. If Anisimov wins more faceoffs, the Blackhawks possess the puck more and that leads to good things for the team.

The Blackhawks expect Anisimov to be ready for training camp next season and have no issues going forward. He also might be fully healed up in time for team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey run. He was not named in the preliminary roster announcement. The wrist surgery might hurt his chances of being named to the roster. My personal opinion is that I hope Anisimov rests this offseason and does not play for Team Russia.

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With the Blackhawks being up against the salary cap, most of their moves will have to be internal this season. Improvements in their overall puck possession metrics are a good way to better the team from within.

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