Artem Alekseevich Anisimov
Born May 24, 1988 (age 23) in Yaroslavl, URS (Russia)
Center for the New York Rangers
Is this guy on a hot streak or what? Artie got his start in his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s junior and senior teams, playing senior for a year after being drafted by the New York Rangers in 2006. In 2007 he came to North America, where he signed with the Rangers and played with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack; in 2009 he was sent to the AHL All-Star Game in Worcester, Massachusetts and got a goal and two assists, including one on the game winner.
In his second year with the Wolf Pack, he got the call from the Rangers and made his NHL debut in Madison Square Garden on February 3, 2009 against the Atlanta Thrashers (*whimper*). He only played with them for that one game, but it must’ve made an impression because he made the roster the next season, and his first NHL goal came early in the season against the Anaheim Ducks in a shutout! And this past summer, he signed with the Rangers for two more years.
Artie got in a bit of trouble last December when he celebrated a goal in a certain way, which got under the skin of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Seems he did it for the benefit of the HBO cameras that were filming the 24/7 show for the Winter Classic. He apologized later.
He’s redeemed himself, though, with a respectable 33 points and a +/- of 14 this season. If he can stay out of the penalty box (he has 34 PIM already), he’ll no doubt help the Rangers on a deep playoff run.