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Artem Anisimov
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Anisimov with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013
Born 24 May 1988 (1988-05-24) (age 33)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago Blackhawks
National team Flag of Russia.svg Russia
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2006
New York Rangers
Playing career 2005–present

Artem Alekseevich Anisimov (Russian: Артём Алексеевич Анисимов; born 24 May 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Anisimov has previously played in the NHL for the New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. The Rangers originally selected him in the second round, 54th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Anisimov is a product of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey school. He made his semi-professional debut for the organization's junior farm club, Lokomotiv-2, during the 2004–05 season before joining the senior team in the 2005–06 season. At the end of the campaign, Anisimov was drafted in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.

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Anisimov while with the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers

On 2 August 2007, Anisimov signed his first contract with the Rangers, later joining the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, for the 2008–09 season.

On 23 January 2009, Anisimov was selected to participate in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic in Worcester, Massachusetts, representing the PlanetUSA team. He scored one goal and assisted on two others, including the game-winner, in a 14–11 PlanetUSA victory over the Canadian All-Stars. On 1 February, Anisimov was called up to the Rangers for the first time in his career after scoring 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points with the Wolf Pack. He made his NHL debut on 3 February against the Atlanta Thrashers at Madison Square Garden.

Anisimov scored his first career NHL goal on 11 October 2009, during the 2009–10 season against goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère of the Anaheim Ducks in a 3–0 Rangers victory.

On 8 July 2011, Anisimov, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the Rangers on a two-year, $3.75 million contract.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Just one season into his contract, Anisimov, along with Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick in 2013 (19th overall, used to select Kerby Rychel), were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle and a 2013 conditional third-round pick.

On 26 June 2013, Anisimov signed a three-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets at an annual average value of $3.28 million.

Chicago Blackhawks

On 30 June 2015, Anisimov, along with Jeremy Morin, Marko Daňo and Corey Tropp, were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta. The next day, on 1 July, Anisimov agreed to a five-year, $22.75 million contract extension with Chicago. His existing contract was set to expire after the 2015–16 season.

On 9 October 2015, Anisimov scored the first goal in the first regular season game at Barclays Center against Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders. The Blackhawks would win 3–2 in overtime. In his first year with the Blackhawks, he produced 20 goals and 22 assists as the Blackhawks lost in Game 7 of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs to the St. Louis Blues.

On 15 November 2017, Anisimov scored his first NHL hat-trick in a 6–3 win over the New York Rangers.

Ottawa Senators

After four seasons with the Blackhawks, Anisimov was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Zack Smith on 16 July 2019. Anisimov posted 15 goals and 5 assists in his first season with Ottawa.

Anisimov struggled to stay healthy during the 2020-21 NHL season and was placed on waivers after registering only four points in 14 games for the Senators on 29 March 2021.

On 24 April, Anisimov suited up as an emergency goalie during a game against the Vancouver Canucks but did not play.

Personal life

Anisimov and his ex-wife Ksenia have two children: a daughter, Adriana and a son, Artemiy.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Lokomotiv–2 Yaroslavl RUS.3 24 3 5 8 10
2005–06 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 10 0 1 1 4
2005–06 Lokomotiv–2 Yaroslavl RUS.3 32 15 12 27 28
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 39 2 8 10 26 7 3 2 5 4
2006–07 Lokomotiv–2 Yaroslavl RUS.3 2 2 0 2 0
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 74 16 27 43 30 5 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 80 37 44 81 50 6 2 0 2 0
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 82 12 16 28 32
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 82 18 26 44 20 5 1 0 1 0
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 79 16 20 36 34 20 3 7 10 4
2012–13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 36 12 17 29 34
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 35 11 7 18 12
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 22 17 39 20 6 1 2 3 4
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 52 7 20 27 8
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 20 22 42 12 7 3 0 3 2
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 22 23 45 30 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 20 11 31 22
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 15 22 37 14
2019–20 Ottawa Senators NHL 49 15 5 20 8
2020–21 Ottawa Senators NHL 19 2 7 9 2
NHL totals 771 180 196 376 214 43 8 9 17 10

International

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Russia
World Championships
Gold 2014 Belarus
Silver 2010 Germany
Silver 2015 Czech Republic
Bronze 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Silver 2007 Sweden
Bronze 2008 Czech Republic
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Russia WJC18 5th 6 3 2 5 2
2007 Russia WJC 2 6 2 1 3 4
2008 Russia WJC 3 7 1 3 4 6
2010 Russia WC 2 9 1 2 3 6
2013 Russia WC 6th 8 0 1 1 6
2014 Russia OG 5th 5 0 0 0 2
2014 Russia WC 1 10 1 3 4 2
2015 Russia WC 2 10 1 3 4 4
2016 Russia WCH 4th 4 0 1 1 2
2018 Russia WC 6th 8 3 5 8 0
2019 Russia WC 3 10 4 2 6 4
Junior totals 19 6 6 12 12
Senior totals 64 10 17 27 26
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