2019-2020 Player Report Card: Artemi Panarin

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Artemi Panarin was the biggest prize of the offseason. It isn’t often that a player of his caliber hits unrestricted free agency, and the Rangers snatched him up with a monster offer. The pressure was on Panarin to deliver, and boy did he ever. Panarin put up a season worthy of Hart Trophy consideration, leading the Rangers in most major scoring categories (32-63-95), accounting for 15% of the Rangers’ total offense this season.

You don’t need the above shot heatmap to know that the Rangers were a significantly better team offensively with Panarin than without, but it certainly drives that point home. Without Panarin, the Rangers are a below average offensive team. With him – one of the most potent offenses in the league.

But it’s also the defensive impact that shows how much Panarin means to this team. A good offense is the best defense, and the Rangers really control the tempo with Panarin on the ice. It’s worth noting that the Rangers weren’t the best defensively, but at least with Panarin on the ice they spent the majority of the time in the offensive zone. If you have the puck, the other team can’t score.

Panarin was even better than advertised, which is an incredible feat given the lofty expectations. If the Rangers don’t get him this past summer, then there’s a good chance they are one of the seven teams on the outside of the 24 team playoffs.

Grade: A+

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  • Breadman is worth every penny he is being paid. Unlike many retreads we singed in the best, Artie is great now, and will be for the foreseeable future…………………………….

  • Best free agent signing by the Rangers, ever … probably the best one in the NHL, ever. In his own way he’s as good as any player in the NHL right now — wouldn’t trade him for any player in the NHL aside from possibly McDavid and that’s just because of the age difference.

    If an A+ = 100, then he gets extra credit, so A++

  • The Breadman has done all he can with the current crop. We need another special offensive threat and some quicker defensemen (sorry Staal) and then maybe Artemi can help hoist the cup.

    • Are you suggesting Mika doesn’t now qualify as “another special offensive threat”, because if you do then I have to disagree strenuously. 😉

      • I didn’t get that from Sal’s post, I think he is just looking for more in addition to what is already there.

        Obviously Mika is a terrific offensive threat. As is CK. What is needed offensively is for Chytil and Kakko to realize their potentials as they can possibly be those special offensive threats. Add another couple of pieces on defense, and suddenly the Rangers are a team to reckon with.

        • I think it was a tad ambiguous Peter, which is why I posed it as a question.

          What you’re asking for will more than likely happen even without the Rangers doing anything from here on out (trades, draft picks, UFA signings). The pieces are in place and I see no indications that kids like Chytil and Kakko won’t continue to improve. The LD might take a bit more time, but in the event the LD doesn’t come around right away (Miller, hajek, etc.) I think the RD might have a surplus with the addition of Lundkvist … so trying ADA out on the left side might be a possibility. I still think we’re 2 seasons away from being TRUE SC contenders —- just my opinion of course.

          • I agree that they are a couple of years away Tanto. It will take at least another year for Chytil and Kakko to get there. Chytil probably sooner than Kakko.

            That is OK, because Miller and the other Dmen at Hartford are probably a couple of years away from being reliable NHL players. But, the Rangers are on their way and will be contenders sooner than many had thought possible.

          • Agreed … of course who really thought Fox would just blossom in front of our eyes so quickly, or that Lindgren would be so effective this year (a number of people even thought he was a marginal defenseman at best). So I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they exceeded expectations next season … and come playoff time, who knows?! I just think the pundits will have doubts and won’t lump them in the same class with Boston, Tampa, Washington, Colorado and the Blues.

  • This kid is the best player to watch. He is like a magician on the ice. Can’t wait for the SEASON to start. I only wish Kane was on this team. Him and Panarin were the best.

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