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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Anisimov to attend Rangers Prospect Camp

Artem Anisimov (#12), Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Since I'm pretty sure that the person who asked about Artem Anisimov the other day doesn't read a filthy rag like the New York Post, I'm going to pass along what Crazy Uncle Larry wrote today:

Tom Renney will not only get his first look on the ice Tuesday morning at Alexei Cherepanov, but the Russian first-round selection will be joined at the Rangers' prospect camp by countryman Artem Anisimov, last year's second-round pick whom the club is close to signing to a contract.

Cherepanov, who visited Brighton Beach yesterday, and Anisimov, a two-way center who turned 19 last month after completing his second season with Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League and whom the Rangers hope to bring to North America this season, will be among a select group of prospects who will report tonight, undergo physicals tomorrow, and skate at the Blueshirts' training facility from Tuesday through Friday.

Anisimov didn't put up huge numbers for Lokomotiv this past season (11 points in 49 regular-season games), but he fared much better when it counted most in the two playoff rounds against Dynamo and Avangard (3 goals and 2 assists in 7 games), plus he was only 18 years old.

There isn't much out there as far as Russian Super League video of Anisimov, but I recently downloaded this clip of a goal he scored against Avangard this past January:

Alexei Kudashov, who played in 25 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs years ago, gets the nice assist that sets up the goal.


Blogger Brushback said...

Blueshirt Bulletin posted a good write-up yesterday about the second day of Prospect Camp, including a picture of Anisimov in a Rangers practice jersey and this quote from Tom Renney:

"I like him," Renney said. "I like his size, his range, his mobility, his thought process. He's going to be a big strong guy as he matures. These are two pretty good players for our organization." The Rangers are trying to get Anisimov over to North America this fall. "That's part of the plan," Renney said. "From what I can gather, we're making that attempt."

6/27/07, 10:27 AM


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