Saturday, January 16, 2016

Artem Anisimov: Two Autographed Cards

There was a chance that Artem Anisimov wasn't going to suit up for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Montréal Canadiens on Thursday, but not only did he dress, he played over 16 minutes in a 2-1 hard-fought Hawks win with a shot, a hit and a blocked shot.

Sure, the star of the game was Corey Crawford - he of the 39 saves on 40 Habs' shots - but it was nice to see the Hawks' middle-six center go for it; prior to last season, he'd always been healthy in his NHL career, and he's the type of guy who's good at both ends of the ice, so he's very important to his teams.

In his career so far, he's been part of trades involving Rick Nash and Brandon Saad - two first-liners. Though he now wears #15 with Chicago, he wore #42 with both of his previous NHL teams. Here he is carrying the puck up-ice with the New York Rangers' blue (home) uniform, from Panini's 2010-11 Score collection (card #327 in the series):
And here he is following the play while with the Columbus Blue Jackets, from Panini's 2013-14 Score collection (card #139):
I must admit it's a little weird seeing him play in red and black this year, it's like it's not even him out there with the Hawks. However, he's looking good, on pace for a career year with 15 goals and 29 points in 45 games, his highest output so far being 22 goals (with the Jackets in 2013-14) and 44 points (with the Blueshirts in 2010-11), the years both this cards were printed.

He signed them in blue sharpie with his #42 tacked on at the end.

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