Artemi Panarin
Artemi Panarin
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Columbus Blue Jackets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Brought over from the Blackhawks in the offseason in a deal for Brandon Saad, Panarin immediately became the most dynamic offensive player in Blue Jackets history, setting franchise records and career bests with 55 assists and 82 points. The 26-year-old's best assets may be his vision and hockey IQ, but he's a slick skater with a dazzling array of moves and shots as well, and as he heads into his prime he's capable of being a cornerstone piece for any NHL team. The question is whether that team will be Columbus. A free agent after 2018-19, Panarin has shown reluctance to sign an extension with the Jackets, and as a result he could be on the move once again either before the regular season kicks off or by the trade deadline. Wherever he lands, he'll be a threat for point-per-game production. Read Past Outlooks
Big four-point night
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
October 11, 2018
Panarin had a goal and three assists in Thursday's 5-4 win over Florida.
ANALYSIS
The goal came on a breakaway after a turnover in the neutral zone. Panarin has points in three of four games this season and seven (three goals, four assists) overall. He is the class of the offense in Columbus and a fantasy stud.
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Artemi Panarin 2018–19 NHL Game Log
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#1 Left Wing
CLM LW PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:37
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    5:43
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
19:28
3:09
0:02
2017–18
20:08
2:57
0:01
2018–19
19:37
5:43
0:02
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Panarin had another impressive campaign in his second NHL season in 2016-17, racking up 74 points (31 goals, 43 assists) and 211 shots on goal in 82 games. The Bread Man flourished while skating on Patrick Kane’s line during his two-season stay with the Blackhawks, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be similarly productive with his new club. Columbus certainly doesn't lack talent up front, but Panarin had a special level of chemistry with Kane that won't be easily replicated in his new digs. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old Russian is an undeniably skilled forward, and it would hardly be surprising to see him improve on his offensive totals from a season ago. Panarin’s ceiling may not be as high as it would've been had he been slated to spend another season skating on Kane’s opposite wing, but there’s hardly any risk involved with selecting him in this year’s fantasy drafts, so owners shouldn't hesitate to snatch him up with one of their first three selections.
There were questions about how well and how quickly Panarin would adjust to North American hockey prior to his first NHL season in 2015-16. The 24-year-old winger quickly laid doubts to rest during his rookie campaign, bursting onto the scene to the tune of 30 goals and 47 assists over 80 games, a performance that led to the Calder Memorial Trophy for top rookie. Skating on a line with Patrick Kane certainly aided the winger's transition, but Panarin deserves a ton of credit in his own right, as few have been able to seamlessly transition from the wide-open style played in the KHL to the physically-challenging NHL game with the level of success Panarin enjoyed last season. There's no reason to suspect Panarin won't be able to match the near point-per-game pace he reached last season, as he'll once again be skating on a line with Kane and Artem Anisimov in 2016-17, and will return as a key member of the 'Hawks deadly top power-play unit. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to snag the Blackhawks' newest offensive powerhouse at some point in the first few rounds of this year's drafts.
Panarin is a skilled winger with good hockey smarts. However, all he has known is Russian hockey in the KHL, where the rinks are wider and there aren’t as many teams to compete against. Playing for the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks figures to be an ideal scenario for Panarin, as the team has plenty of depth on the left wing including the likes of Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell, a pair that could shadow Panarin and help him adjust to American hockey. Last season, with St. Petersburg SKA (KHL), he lit the lamp 26 times and had 36 assists to boot. His playing time with the Blackhawks will largely be decided by how quickly he can adjust to a new environment, but the 23-year-old has significant upside in keeper leagues, and also deeper redraft leagues if he makes a positive impression in camp.
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Posts two points to open season
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
October 4, 2018
Panarin scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's win over Detroit. The goal was the game-winner.
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Leads Jackets to preseason win with four points
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
September 28, 2018
Panarin scored two goals and two assists in Friday's 7-6 preseason win over the Penguins.
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Breaks out with three-point night
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
September 25, 2018
Panarin contributed a goal, two assists and five shots in a 4-2 victory over the Sabres on Tuesday.
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Pointless in return
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
September 23, 2018
Panarin failed to register a point in the Blue Jackets' 5-1 loss to St. Louis on Sunday
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Suiting up Sunday
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
September 23, 2018
Panarin (neck) is in Sunday's lineup against the Blues.
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