Anisimov Back with the Pack
Wednesday February 04th 2009, 2:12 pm

Artem Anisimov’s first NHL call-up didn’t last long.  Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the Russian center has been returned to Hartford.

As I wrote on Monday, I wasn’t expecting Anisimov to stick with the big club long-term, but I’d be lying if I said I thought that his try-out would last only a single game.  His performance last night was “ok”.  He looked nervous and tentative and perhaps a little bit physically overmatched at times, but seemed to settle in a bit as the game went on, culminating with his steal-and-shoot move in the third period.  Granted, Adam Graves Night might not have been the best environment for the 20-year to be thrown into, but his 9:27 gave him a good taste of what to expect and while he didn’t prove to be a huge assett, he wasn’t a liability either.  The key now is to return to Hartford with the right attitude and continue working on the areas of his game that need further improvement… and become such a dominant force on AHL ice that the organization has no choice but to give him another shot.

And hey, it’s not all bad news for the big Russian.  Hockey’s Future has named Anisimov Prospect of the Month for January — a nice accomplishment considering the amount of NHL-drafted talent the prospect site had to choose from.

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