Artem Anisimov was born and raised in Yaroslavl, Russia, and made his semi-professional debut on Lokomotiv’s junior club (Lokomotiv 2) during the 2004-05 season.
2005-06: Anisimov played 10 games for the Lokomotiv professional team during the 2005-06 season, and also participated in four major international tournaments, including the U18 World Cup and the 2006 U18 World Junior Championships. Ranked sixth overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting both mid-term and in their final rankings, the Rangers were very glad that Anisimov, a potential first round selection, was available in the middle of the second round. they chose Anisimov with the 54th overall selection in the 2006 NHL Draft.
2006-07: As expected, Anisimov continued play in the Russian Elite League with the Yaroslavl team. Outstanding in the playoffs, as well as in the 2008 World Junior Championships, Anisimov played a more integral part of the highest team in the organization during the 2006-07 season.
2007-08: Anisimov came to North America to start the 2007-08 season. An offensive threat on every shift, as well as a defensively reliable center, Anisimov often played on the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack’s first line. He was the leading rookie scorer on the AHL team and is expected to compete for a roster spot on the Rangers this fall.
Anisimov has been dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.