New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin and his abundance of offense production is no secret anymore. He can produce in the offensive end with the best in the league. Throughout his career, he has proven his contributions rank with the best of all time when it comes to points per game.
After going undrafted in the 2010 NHL Draft, Panarin headed to the Kontinental Hockey League. He would put up impressive stats to the tune of 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points in 54 games for SKA St. Petersburg after a trade with HC Vityaz.
These totals would get the attention of the Chicago Blackhawks and he would sign a two-year entry-level contract on April 29, 2015. The rest is history.
He would go on to win the 2015 Calder Trophy for the league's best rookie, contributing 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points in 80 games.
Artemi Panarin has been an incredible NHL player no matter what.
Panarin was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 23, 2017, in a six-player deal. After two successful seasons with the Blackhawks, he started to take off offensively and get his game to yet another level. He fit in well and it showed both in his stats and his play on the ice.
He was the most productive he had been up to this point, setting the Blue Jackets' point-scoring record with 87 points on 28 goals and 59 assists. His two seasons in Columbus would come to a close but he posted 55 goals and 114 assists for 169 points in 160 games.
After yet another successful season, Panarin would be on the move again. This time to the team he currently plays for, the New York Rangers. He would sign a seven-year, $81.5 million deal in the off-season, giving the Rangers another legit scoring machine.
He quickly established himself as their go-to player, producing offense unlike previous seasons. To this day, he is a scoring threat and has 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 29 games this season.
For his NHL career, he has 232 goals and 471 assists for 703 points in 619 games. In his Rangers career, he has 116 goals and 267 assists for 383 points in 297 games.
He ranks 22nd among the greatest players in NHL history for the highest points-per-game average of 1.14 points per game. Wayne Gretzky leads in that category, averaging an unheard-of 1.92 points per game over his playing career.
In his Rangers career, Panarin is averaging 0.90 assists per game, 1.29 points per game, and 0.45 goals scored per game.
He opened the 2023-24 NHL season with a Rangers franchise record 15-game point streak. He currently sits fourth in the NHL in points, ninth in goals, ninth in assists, and third in power-play goals.
Panarin continues to be one of the more constant, higher-scoring players in the league. His production has not suffered over the years and some would argue it has got better over time.
He may not put up the totals of a Connor McDavid but he is consistent year after year and should be recognized as one of the best pure scorers over the last 10 years. Wherever he has played he has been outstanding in the offensive zone contributing on the scoresheet.
The New York Rangers are a threat, not only in the Eastern Conference but the entire NHL. The only thing left for Panarin is to win a Stanley Cup which is a possibility with this organization.