In addition to being “the voice of the Hartford Wolf Pack” and one of the more enjoyable hockey play-by-play guys to listen to on a regular basis, Bob “Hawk” Crawford also writes a blog about the Pack, titled Crawford’s Corner, on the team’s web site. In his weekly (or so) columns he usually wraps up the team’s week gone by, highlights the good and the bad, and answers questions left for him by readers. In this week’s post, he had the following to say about Russian prospect Artem Anisimov:
One bright spot in the 1-2-0 week was the continuing dynamic play of Artem Anisimov.
The big Russian had goals in all three games, and Iâ€™ve heard some league observers, both media and scouts, raving about how well heâ€™s come along.
His overtime game-winner in Springfield [watch] was a thing of beauty, surpassed only by his goal celebration, which was one of the best Iâ€™ve ever seen. After beating the Falconsâ€™ Devan Dubnyk with a great move, the 20-year-old slid across the ice on his rear end and did kind of a paddling pantomime with his stick, as if he were whitewater kayaking. Great stuff, and creative too!
Anisimov also scored a shorthanded breakaway goal [watch] Sunday in Lowell with a pretty deke to the backhand, and at 6-4, if he keeps using his skills like he has been lately, heâ€™s going to be a real gem for the Rangers.
The second-year pro scored 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the week’s 3 games and currently leads the Wolf Pack in scoring with 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 34 games. That puts him in at 13th over all in scoring in the AHL, while his 14 goals tie him with teammate P.A. Parenteau for 16th over all in league goal scoring.
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