High Praise from the Hawk
Wednesday December 31st 2008, 7:33 pm

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 I’ve heard some league observers, both media and scouts, raving about how well he’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 I’ve ever seen. After beating the Falcons’ 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, he’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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    Those goals are sweeeeet. looking forward to seeing him on broadway!

    Comment by rb79 01.01.09 @ 12:08 pm

    I am most definately… I was super bummed that that video of his OT winner didn’t contain footage of his celebration though! I’ve been tracking this guy thoroughly since he was drafted, and I can’t wait to see him crack the lineup. It’s really unfortunate that Byers is out for the season, he could really provide a shot of energy that the Rangers need.

    Comment by Amos 01.01.09 @ 12:35 pm

    Some pretty goals. Looking forward to seeing this kid play.

    Comment by Ryan McFadden 01.02.09 @ 12:03 am

    He really caught me eye when they paired him with Avery and Shanny two preseasons ago and he held his own. He seems to have a great work ethic and attitude. I’m really rooting hard for AA to make the jump and become a great Ranger.

    Comment by MikeA 01.02.09 @ 6:47 pm

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