Although Artemi Panarin didn’t spend much time in Chicago, he had a huge impact on the Blackhawks in the two seasons he was here.
Panarin was an elite scorer from the moment he stepped onto North American ice. In two short, but sweet seasons, he racked up an impressive 151 points (61G, 90A) with a 26 ± rating in 162 games.
Like Panarin, Alex DeBrincat has come into the league and put everyone on notice. When comparing the two players, Panarin bested DeBrincat in their first two seasons. However, DeBrincat did score more 8 more goals in the same time span.
Like many fans around the Chicagoland area, I still miss Artemi Panarin and think the Blackhawks made a mistake when they sent Panarin to Columbus to get Brandon Saad back.
That’s a different story for another time though. Let’s remember the good times we had with Artemi and leave it at that.