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Blackhawks: 5 Best Players During 2010s to not win a Stanley Cup

Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Artem Anisimov

Artem Anisimov played a big role during his four seasons with the Blackhawks. Unlike others on this list, Anisimov played playoff hockey with the Blackhawks.

Anisimov joined the team in the summer after their most recent Stanley Cup, 2015. Anisimov was apart of the two most recent Blackhawks teams to lose in the first round of the playoffs. He saw first hand the demise of the team.

In 291 games with Chicago, Anisimov scored 77 goals with 78 assists for 155 points.

He had a consistent role behind Jonathan Toews, which he did well. Towards the end of his run in Chicago, he went from the second line center to the third line center when Dylan Strome joined the team.

Last summer, Anisimov was traded to the Senators, which brought Zack Smith to Chicago. Smith is a cheaper, somewhat downgraded version of Anisimov. Before his injury, Smith played well in his bottom-six role.

We will have to see next season if the Smith trade was worth it, as both players have struggled scoring with their new teams.

Anisimov was a great player and I wish his name would have been on the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. Hopefully, he’ll get another shot at it before his career ends.

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