Chicago Blackhawks’ 2017-18 Midseason MVP Candidates

By Randy Holndoner
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Goalie Corey Crawford
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Goalie Corey Crawford /
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Artem Anisimov

The aforementioned Anisimov has been good this year, but unfortunately has been dinged up.  Although he has missed four games so far to his recent injury, he is tied with Brandon Saad for second-most goals on the team (13).  Anisimov’s best attribute is to obstruct the goalie and plant his body in front of the opponent.

Screening goalies may not get your points, but it makes a goalie’s job a hell of a lot harder.  It’s not coincidence that he and DeBrincat both have a high number of goals.  They are in front of the net getting the juicy rebounds the goalies give up.

Anisimov’s faceoff win percentage has gotten slightly better this year (47.06).  This is another crucial stat that the Blackhawks have not fared well in other than Jonathan Toews (58.1 percent).  Schmaltz is currently the second-line center, with a dismal faceoff win percentage of 40.  If you don’t have the puck, you won’t score.